Impress your guests with these gorgeous levelled-up cheese straws. Store-bought puff pastry, stuffed with crispy bacon, creamy blue cheese and sweet chilli jam, twisted and baked to perfection. These really are a super easy, crowd-pleasing party appetizer for any occasion.
There is truly nothing I love more than a good spread of party bites. And these beautiful puff pastry cheese straws are pretty special.
Cheese straws are a standard appetizer, especially around the holiday season, but I wanted to elevate them a bit. Adding bacon, blue cheese and sweet chill does exactly that. The flavours are wonderful together (hello salty, sweet, tangy, creamy) and nothing is overpowering (so I think even a blue cheese skeptic would be a fan of these!)
Plus, you can prep them ahead of time if you like. I love serving a big pile of them with extra sweet chilli, or hot honey sauce on the side, for everyone to help themselves.
- Puff pastry. Go for the ready-rolled puff pastry you can find at the store (either in the fridge or in the freezer section). This just makes it a lot easier and quicker as you don’t have to roll the pastry out. For the best flavour, try to find an all-butter puff pastry.
- Bacon. Free-range, streaky bacon is best here, but you can use back bacon if you like.
- Blue cheese. I like to use creamy blue cheese (this Costello blue cheese is my go-to) as I don’t love super strong blue cheese. This one is gorgeous and the perfect mix of tangy and creamy.
- Sweet chilli jam. Use sweet chilli sauce or even hot honey sauce if you prefer.
How to make them
Spread the chilli jam all over one half of your puff pastry sheet, then dollop over the blue cheese and bacon, spreading them out so the pastry is evenly covered. Fold the other side of the pastry over the filled side, and press down to seal. I like to use a rolling pin to gently roll and seal the pastry.
Brush the pastry with beaten egg, then scatter over the grated parmesan and sesame seeds. Slice across the pastry, creating inch-wide strips (I find using a pizza cutter to be the easiest way to do this). Twist the pastry strips around a couple of times, then place them on a lined baking tray, with a little space in between each straw.
Got a question?
There are three ways you can get ahead with these straws:
– Prep them, then pop them in the fridge for a couple of hours before baking.
– Prep them, then pop into the freezer for a couple of hours until solid, then transfer them to ziplock bags or containers. Bake straight from frozen, adding 5 or so minutes to the baking time.
– Or, once they’re baked, they’ll keep for about 1 week, stored in a covered container in the fridge.
If you’re not a blue cheese fan, swap it for grated mozzarella or cheddar.
I like serving them with extra sweet chilli sauce,
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