Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pesto Cheese Straws


For my one of my roommate`s birthday this year, my friends and I decided to throw her a little birthday surprise/bash. Our theme was tea party because she LOVES tea. Totally cute. ♥ It was so very exciting to plan what foods we were going to make and how to surprise her and all that. I loved it. I wish I had more time to always throw birthday parties for my friends.

We made cinnamon sugar scones, tomato basil bruschetta, green tea macarons, deviled eggs, cream puffs, small sandwiches and more! They were all finger foods because it was a "tea party" and all. Also, instead of a birthday cake, we made her chai latte cake push pops.





One thing we also made was pesto cheese straws. So wonderful and so so simple. You can basically use whatever cheese you like. I totally loved these and they disappeared quickly.


These are great because they take so little time to prepare and bake. I didn`t leave measurements for the ingredients because I really just eyeballed everything--these pesto cheese straws are very forgiving. You put as little, or as much pesto as you like! The same applies for the cheese. Want more cheese? Just add more. It`s as simple as that.

My puff pastry sheets were squares and we cut them in half so these straws were about 5 inches long (about 1/2 inch in width).

Pesto Cheese Straws


Yields: ~ 20 straws
Level: Easy
Total Time: ~25-30 minutes

Materials Needed:
-          knife/spoon/spatula (to spread pesto)
-          baking sheet
-          parchment paper/baking mat
-          1 small bowl
-          pastry brush
-          1 knife

Ingredients:
§  Frozen puff pastry, thawed
§  Pesto
§  Shredded mozzarella cheese (your preferences, parmesan works too)
§  1 egg, beaten

Directions:
1.      Preheat oven to 375°F.
2.      Roll out thawed puff pastry sheets.
3.      Spread pesto on one puff pastry sheet.
4.      Cover with the other sheet (like a sandwich)
5.      Cut into strips of equal lengths (about 1/2 inch in width)
6.      Twist the strips.
7.      Using a pastry brush, brush strips with egg.
8.      Sprinkle with cheese.
9.      Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
10.  Cool on a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving. 



18 comments:

  1. I wanted to be your roommate! You said ONE of your roommates... is that mean you will be celebrating MORE surprise birthdays like this? :) How fun! All the food looks delicious and they are all arranged so beautifully!

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    1. LOL. For some reason, we always do a big gathering for this girl's birthday. My other roommate's birthday fall during busy times for school. Thank you!

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  2. awwww! That is so sweet and look at all the delicious food you prepared! The pesto cheese straws look delish!

    BTW, it's my first time here.

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    1. Hello! Thank you so much for visiting. :) I appreciate all readers.

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  3. These look so tasty and I love how easy they are! What a fun party!

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    1. I just love simple and easy recipes. :)

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  4. your friend is so lucky! surrounded by friends who are not only thoughtful, but more importantly, who can (+ loves to) bake and cook ^^ what a beautiful spread ^^ love your pesto cheese straws idea ^^

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    1. Haha, I would love to eat food you make too!

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  5. Wow, what a spread! I think I could get into trouble with these straws. They look yummy!

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    1. Haha, thank you for stopping by Valerie!

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  6. What a great spread! I love how the cheese browned on the straws, that's always my favorite part!

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    1. Thank you so much! We did it rather quickly, though.

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  7. Wow. You are the greatest roommate. Cheese and pesto in one? I need this!

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  8. You guys are great friends. I wish mine would make me macarons for my bday :/

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    1. Awww, well, I was working with another friend to make all of this. I still have not tried making macarons!

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  9. I can imagine these cheese straws did go fast. I could probably eat a batch by myself. They sound like the perfect appetizer - easy and delicious!

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    1. Yeah...I`m pretty sure I can too. Thankfully, there was other foods to eat!

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