We were invited to a Super Bowl party tonight.
Old friends and neighbors of ours from Arizona.
They moved to Georgia the same time that we did and live in the neighborhood next
Friends that often move with you, or close to the same time, is one of the many, many benefits of being apart of the Military!
I wasn't sure what our hostess was preparing in the way of food.
Would it be pizza?
Heavy hors d'oeuvres?
What could I make that would compliment any dish?
Well, I think that I scored a big touchdown with these Cheese Straws.
Not only were they delicious they look good too.
Here's the recipe...
Spicy Pecan and Parmesan Cheese Straws
Ladies Home Journal Dec10/Jan11
1/4 C pecan halves
1/4 C grated Parmesan
2 tsp salt
1/2 smoked paprika
black pepper to taste
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the pecans, Parmesan, salt, paprika and pepper to pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. (I used my food chopper from Pampered Chef.)
Sprinkle 1/4 of the nut mixture evenly onto a work surface and place 1 sheet of pastry directly on top. Sprinkle more nut mixture over the pastry. With a rolling pin, roll pastry until the nut mixture begins to stick. Fold dough in half lengthwise and roll until the two sides of dough stick together.
Cut the folded edge from the dough and discard. Cut 1/2 inch strips from the long side. Twist the strips five or six times and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pastry and nut mixtures. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely on the baking sheet.
NOTE: I added finely chopped Prosciutto and dried basil to the mixture.
Yummy, yummy in my tummy!