Although there are plenty of sweet recipies here on the blog, I personally have a preference for food that is more savoury. Following a meal I am far more likely to go for the cheese board than a dessert. While my family will pick a delicious, sweet treat. Also, at parties I much prefer something salty and savoury over their sweet counterparts. My Prosciutto Wrapped Cheese Puff Pastry Straws tick all of my preferred flavour boxes. So much so that I ate three as soon as they were cool enough!
I have deliberately made this recipe not only easy, they can also be made ahead and kept refrigerated or even frozen. Since party food tends to involve lots of little morsels I wanted to take out the stress and leave more room for fun. Because that’s what a party should be. Whether it’s drinks with friends or a full on family bash, these straws are a perfect addition to the occasion.
So incredibly easy to make and bake, these straws are filled with grated cheddar and fresh basil. Followed by a strip of Prosciutto ham that is twisted with the cut straw and then baked. While baking the Prosciutto becomes crisp and salty on the outside with melting cheddar and fresh Basil inside. The hardest part of making these is not eating them all as soon as they are baked!
Recipe: Prosciutto Wrapped Cheese Puff Pastry Straws – makes 24
2 x 250g/14oz All Butter Puff Pastry – I use Waitrose own brand. Alternatively use ready rolled pastry, however you may need to adjust the cheese/basil/prosciutto quantities.
100g/4oz Finely Grated Mature (Sharp) Cheddar Cheese – I use Wyke Farms
A Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves – approximately 20 leaves. Alternatively when Basil is unavailable use 1tsp finely chopped thyme or rosemary
12 Slices Prosciutto Ham
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Method: preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, 400F, gas mark 6
Making and baking the straws:
- First of all line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.
- Roll the first block of puff pastry into a square, approximately 30cm x 30cm (12in x 12in).
- Sprinkle half the grated cheddar over the top half of the square.
- Place half of the fresh basil leaves on top of the cheese.
- Add some freshly ground black pepper.
- Fold the bottom half of the pastry up over the cheese and basil.
- Using a rolling pin roll the pastry so that it flattens and becomes smooth.
- Divide the pastry in half using a sharp knife. Then cut each half in half again, you will have four separate pieces.
- Cut each quarter into 3 strips. Resulting in 12 straws.
- Tear a piece of prosciutto ham in two lengthways.
- Place the ham on top of a straw and press at both ends so it sticks.
- Using both hands twist the pastry so that the prosciutto wraps around.
- Place the twisted pastry on to a baking sheet.
- Repeat with the rest of the straws.
- Roll out the second block of pastry and repeat the process again.
- Place the baking trays into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden and the prosciutto is crisp.
- As soon as the straws are baked remove from the oven.
- Note – if you are planning to freeze the straws, remove from the oven 5 minutes early when the straws are baked but have not much colour.
- Allow the straws to cool slightly before serving.
Cool, place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze. Reheat in a medium oven for 5-10 minutes.
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I love parties, whether I’m hosting one myself or going out. Likewise I appreciate recipes that are easy and travel well. These Prosciutto Wrapped Cheese Puff Pastry Straws are perfect for taking to a party or get together. Also, as they can be frozen I am planning on making a big batch prior to Christmas. 10 minutes baking from frozen and I have an instant snack and drinks accompaniment for when friends and family pop round unexpectedly!
Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens have fun preparing and sharing your feast.
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