Aug 4, 2008

Cheese oregano straws

These Cheese straws are French appetizers..They are meant to stimulate one's appetite during any meal and not ruin it..With frozen puff pastry from the grocery store, these cheese straws are really easy to make..The smell of the oregano added really peps up the flavor of these cheese straws.

Oregano or pot marjoram is a perennial herb, growing to 20-80 cm tall, with opposite leaves 1-4 cm long. The flowers are purple, 3-4 mm long, produced in erect spikes.It is particularly widely used in Greek and Italian-American cuisines. It is the leaves that are used in cooking, and the dried herb is often more flavourful than the fresh.It has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste. It varies in intensity; good quality is so strong that it almost numbs the tongue, but the cultivars adapted to colder climates have often unsatisfactory flavour. The influence of climate, season and soil on the composition of the essential oil is greater than the difference between the various species.


Ingredients (Makes about 20 to 22 straws)

Puff pastry - 2 sheets defrosted in the refrigerator
Egg -1
Any two types of cheese grated - 1 cup
Salt - 1 teaspoon
Freshly ground pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
Oregano (dried)-1 teaspoon

Directions


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Roll out each puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured board until it's about 10x12 inches.Beat tthe egg along with one tablespoon water and brush the surface of the puff pastry.Sprinkle each sheet evenly with the cheese,dried herbs,salt and pepper..With the rolling pin slightly press the flavorings into the puff pastry..Cut each sheet crosswise with a floured knife or pizza cutter into 11 or 12 strips.Twist each strip and lay on baking sheets lined with parchment paper..


Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned and puffed.Turn each cheese straw and bake for another two minutes..Dont overbake or the cheese will burn..Cool and serve at room temperature..

Note: You need to work quickly, because the puff pastry needs to remain cold until it's baked.

Instead of using cheese to brush the pastry, sundried tomato paste, pesto can also be used.

This is my entry to Weekend Herb Blogging started by Kalyn and hosted by me this week.

For more details about this week's event see here.

42 comments:

  1. Wow Divya the cheese straws look delicious...Grt to know that u made it at home!!!

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  2. hi,..luv ur bakin,..these straws look yum,..:-)

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  3. They look delicious ur cheese straws Div :)

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  4. the cheese straws look yummy, divvy!

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  5. cheese straws look really really delicious... you have explained the steps nicely by giving images...thanks

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  6. The straws are tempting divya dear but hard to find the ingredients here.Moreover I havnt made my first attempt in the oven still though I got it for the new year.Cham even sent me the cake recipes

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  7. Wow....these straws look gorgeous! Very innovative.

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  8. I have something for u on my blog...pls check it out

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  9. Those cheesy straws look yummy :-)

    Plz check your mail :-)

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  10. Divya cheese starws looks very nice loved the shapes

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  11. Looks yum....an sounds quite easy to make.

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  12. The strats look great Divya! Nice artwork twisting them into straws :)

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  13. Hi Divya....
    This is my fav. I always make this with soups. Love it... So good...

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  14. The cheese straws look yummy... perfect for evening munching :-)

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  15. Isn't it amazing how versatile and delicious puff pastry is? Those straws look great!

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  16. Mouth-drooling cheese straws Divya :))

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  17. this looks fabulous...nevr tried pastry sheets yet..have to try it soon...it looks crunchy too :)

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  18. Puff pastry does make our life easier :) These look cute and would be great for a party.

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  19. Divya, you've been tagged....pls chk my blog for details.

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  20. looks too yum! bought plain cheese straws for my daughter last week. i think i should try making them at home now. thanks for such a neat recipe.

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  21. Yummy cheese straws divya! Looks so good. Best wishes on your event.

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  22. a cup of cheese has to taste good in anything

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  23. they look amazing... wonderful entry:-)

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  24. Hi Divya, these look great. You are right, we do these in Greece and they are delicious.

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  25. Thanks for dropping by...
    Divya, The Cheese straws look very good..I wish I can find these Puff Pastry sheets in my local super market.

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  26. an event going in my blog too divya! do participat in it!

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  27. Hi divyaq,
    cheese straws looks yum,....good evening snacks:)

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  28. hmnn... this would be good with pasta...

    by the way, see my blog. i tagged you!

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  29. Divya, I love cheese in all its forms and these straws look so appetizing. I loved the fact that you included oregano here as cheese and oregano go really well together. Great entry.I have sent you my email with my entry.

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  30. Perfect way to use up the (often for me) extra sheet or half sheet of puff pastry.
    They look gorgeous!

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  31. Very neat idea Divya. I also want to try it.

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  32. What a great idea for a quick appetizer. And I have oregano to spare!
    Looks yummy

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  33. The cheese straws look fantastic. I am a fan of fresh oregano, but this is one of the few herbs where I think in many dishes the dried kind will work just fine.

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  34. Twisted puff pastry is always great for guests. They can't get enough of it. Cheese and oregano sounds and smells wonderful on it for sure.

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