Parmesan cheese sticks are a classic that are not going anywhere any time soon. Pastry twisted and baked with cheese have been a popular nibble before dinner parties, at cocktail parties and picnics for as long as I can remember.
Even today you see heaps of varieties at the supermarket ready for the next social event.
I have to be honest though and admit I am not a fan of store bought cheese sticks. To me they taste stale and the cheese always artificial.
I prefer to make my own as they are dead easy and taste far far better.
2 sheets ready rolled puff pastry
50g butter, melted
165g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan forced).
Lightly brush the pastry with butter, and then sprinkle with 1/4 cup of cheese and a pinch of chilli and season with salt and pepper. Fold each sheet in half, bringing the top edge down towards you.
Brush the tops of each sheet again with butter and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese and a pinch of chilli flakes.
Using a sharp knife cut the dough vertically into 1 cm wide strips. Hold each end of the pastry strip and stretch and twist in the opposite directions.
Lie on a lined baking tray and bake for 10 minutes or until puffed and lightly brown.