Bobby’s Lighter Spicy Cheese Straws

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By Bobby Deen

141 Fewer Calories
12g Less Fat

Ingredients:
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 (17.3-ounce) package puff pastry sheets (1 sheet), thawed

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray two large baking sheets with nonstick spray; line the baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place the Jack cheese, Parmesan cheese, chili powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne in a food processor; pulse until finely grated. 
Unfold the pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. With a floured rolling pin, roll the sheet into a 10 x14-inch rectangle. With the long side facing you, sprinkle the cheese mixture evenly over the bottom half of the pastry. Fold the top half of the pastry over the filling, pressing along the edges with your fingers to seal. Press the top of the pastry lightly with the rolling pin to seal.
Cut the pastry with a floured knife or pizza cutter lengthwise into 28 (1/2-inch-thick) strips.  Twist the strips and place on the baking sheets, pressing down on the ends to keep the strips in place. 
Bake until the cheese straws are puffed and golden, rotating the baking sheets halfway through cooking time, 12 – 15 minutes. Do not over bake or the cheese will burn. Transfer the cheese straws to a wire rack. Let cool 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Servings: 14
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 15 min
Difficulty: Easy
Per Serving: (2 cheese straws) 114 Cal; 3 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 8 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 0 g Sugar; 39 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 171 mg Sodium; 3 mg Cholesterol

Test Kitchen Tip:
You can To get a head start on holiday prep, place unbaked cheese straws onto a baking sheet. Cover and freeze until frozen, about 1 hour, then transfer to a large zip-close food storage bag and freeze for up to 1 month. Place the frozen cheese straws on two parchment-lined baking sheets and bake until the cheese straws are puffed and golden, 12 – 15 minutes.

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Cheese Straws
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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Dear Paula, I have tried many of your recipes but this is one is way better...Because i am a cheese lover...lol... Love ya maria;)

By Maria O'Neal on July 12, 2011

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The recipe sounds like the cheese straws are 14" length X 2.5" width??? The picture looks smaller. Is this picture for this recipe?? Picture looks yummy. Looking for new ideas for finger food for a baby shower. Thanks.

By MARY COOK on February 05, 2011

That sounds great. It would be helpful if the graphic that’s shown above was for the new recipe and not the original. The item pictured appears to be piped or extruded and isn’t what the recipe is for.

By Kari on December 08, 2010

I love your lighter recipes of good food. I was raised in the Cajun State & love a lot of flavor but less calories. Thanks for this addition.

By Billie on December 07, 2010

This recipe would not print.  Bobbie’s Cheese straws.

By Joanne Elliott on December 07, 2010

ummmmmmm so tasty

By JOYCE BURKETT on December 07, 2010

Those sound so good, so looking forward to trying them!

By Denise Hollis on December 07, 2010

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