Smoked Cheese & Onion Straws – Made with excess Festive ingredients, such as puff pastry and smoked cheese from the cheese board, these are posh enough for cocktail nibbles as well as being perfect for the school lunch box, and, these tasty little smoked cheese numbers are easy to make and are loved by all the family!
Using excess Festive ingredients!
It’s already the fourth week into the New Year, and it seems unbelievable that only a few weeks ago it was Christmas; with this in mind, I had a bit of a rummage in the pantry yesterday, as well as the freezer and the fridge, and seems that I over catered and over bought again! I seem to have a surfeit of ready-rolled puff pastry, for enormous amounts of mince pies, obviously, as well as lots of bits and pieces of cheese, which is never a bad thing in my book. It’s all very well hanging on with a hoarders mentality, but there is an urge at this time of year, as mornings get brighter earlier and spring bulbs poke their vibrant green shoots above ground, to spring clean – and that means using excess ingredients from the pantry, especially those that have a limited shelf life. Today’s recipe is not a diet recipe, as most are at this time of year, and I will be sharing some new diet recipes later, but it’s a cheeky cheese recipe that is just as comfortable sitting in crystal serving jar on a festive buffet table, as it is being made for the school lunch box, Smoked Cheese and Onion Straws. And, the these delicious pastry strips of cheesiness and flakiness, have only THREE ingredients in them!
Based on a recipe I created and developed for Applewood Cheese, the home of smoked Cheddar cheese in Somerset, they are made in a trice, and helped me out with my excess puff pastry, smoked cheese and a large bunch of spring onions, one of three bunches actually! I am a huge fan of smoked cheeses, it must be left over from my days in Germany, where smoked cheese is prevalent, and always seemed to be on the breakfast table; these cheese and onion straws can be made with non-smoked cheese, of course, for those of you who are not a fan of smoked cheese. I suggest a good vintage farmhouse Cheddar cheese, for depth of flavour and taste. If you don’t have any spring onions to hand, then chives or even some finely diced red onion would be lovely in this recipe. There’s one very important proviso however, and to coin an old British advertising slogan, “Don’t cheat on the cheese!”
I hope you enjoy my recipe idea, simple as it is, if you make these Smoked Cheese and Onion Straws, do let me know how they went down. One final taste idea hack, my daughter who is a Marmite lover, as I am too, sometimes spreads Marmite over the pastry before she cuts and twists them……and, if you are a Marmite lover, then you will absolutely fall head over heels in love with that variation! Oh yes! I almost forgot to say, that once baked, these freeze well too, just pop them into a covered freezer container, with some baking paper/greaseproof paper in between the layers, then take them out three to four hours before you want them, to defrost; they can be heated up to serve in a moderately warm oven, about 150C for about 10 minutes to crisp them up. The recipe is shared below, along with some of my other cheese recipes. Karen
Don’t Cheat on the Cheese!
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