Monday, November 26, 2007

Cheese Twists

Parmesan Bread Sticks

It's almost December. December. Let me say that one more time. December. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready for it! And I can't believe it's already here! And I have so much to do! I love this time of year, and I can't wait to put up the Christmas tree. OK. That's a lie. I kind of wish someone else would put the tree up for me this year while I supervise. Can you hire someone for that kind of work?

Parmesan Bread Sticks

December means the holidays are close, and that means that parties are even closer. Work, church, school, neighborhood and family: It seems there's always somewhere to go, which means there is always something to cook for! But ugh - cook. We just had Thanksgiving, and you're probably all cooked out. I understand, and I can help. These parmesan twists are excellent appetizers because they're easy, everybody loves them, and they go perfectly with white wine. (At least the holidays mean that, too. Wine. Yum.) Look, you could make these more difficult if you're hardcore. Make your own puff pastry. Roast garlic and slather it on. If you're like me, however: busy, tired and up to your eyeballs in shopping and decorating that just has to get done - try these.

Trust me. It will be hard to leave some for your guests.

Parmesan Bread Sticks

These crusty, cheesy appetizers are my offering to Peabody as she opens her new home to all of her friends. Congrats, Peabody and hubby! May your home be filled with love, laughter, and lots of tasty goodies!

Cheese Twists
Adapted from Allrecipes
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Ingredients
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg white

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small bowl combine cheese, pepper and garlic powder.
3. Unfold pastry and separate sheets. Brush one side of dough with egg white, then sprinkle with cheese mixture. Lightly press mixture into dough, then turn over sheet and repeat. Cut each sheet into strips and twist. Repeat with all sheets of dough.
4. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes, or until golden.