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Parmesan Straws

November/December 1993

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These crispy Parmesan nibbles are perfect for entertaining because they can be prepared in advance and stored in tins or frozen.


Parmesan Straws Recipe

Makes: About 5 dozen straws

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Ingredients

  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, (optional)
  • 6 sheets phyllo dough, (14 x 18 inches)
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese, divided

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together egg white, oil, salt and cayenne, if using, in a small bowl.
  3. Lay a sheet of phyllo on a work surface with a short side toward you. Keep remaining phyllo sheets covered with plastic wrap or wax paper. With a pastry brush, lightly coat the lower half of the sheet with the egg-white mixture and sprinkle with about 2 teaspoons cheese. Fold the upper half over to cover the lower half. Brush the right half of the folded sheet with egg-white mixture, sprinkle with a heaping teaspoon of cheese and fold the left half over the cheese. Brush the bottom half of the folded sheet with the egg-white mixture, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cheese and fold the upper half over the lower half. Finally, brush the top with the egg-white mixture and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cheese. Cut into ten 1/2-inch strips using a knife or serrated pastry cutter. With a wide spatula, transfer the strips to the prepared baking sheet, placing them about 1/2 inch apart. Repeat the procedure with the remaining 5 sheets of phyllo, egg-white mixture and cheese.
  4. Bake the straws until golden and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Per straw: 16 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 1 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 38 mg sodium; 2 mg potassium.

Exchanges: Free Food


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