141 Fewer Calories
12g Less Fat
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
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.
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 15 min
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
Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network, and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.
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