After the pressure of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, I find New Year’s Eve a welcome relief. I love putting together a menu of little bites and unexpected cocktails, and relish the creative freedom that comes with the holiday.
Like all hosts, I’d rather spend my time mingling with guests — not stuck in the kitchen. For me, delicious, satisfying, and simple appetizer recipes are the key to a great NYE.
Cheddar cheese twists have always been a holiday mainstay at our house. My usual recipe involves homemade cheese dough painstakingly rolled out, twisted, and baked. This year, I’ll be switching things up with an easy recipe that lets a box of store-bought puff pastry do the heavy lifting, and trades classic cheddar for nutty Parmesan and fresh rosemary, making for a sophisticated appetizer that pairs beautifully with champagne cocktails.
Parmesan Cheese Twists
- 1 sheet thawed puff pastry dough
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 3 tablespoons rosemary leaves, finely minced
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay puff pastry dough on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg white. Then press all of the minced rosemary and half the grated cheese lightly onto dough. Carefully flip sheet of dough. Brush with egg white, and press remaining Parmesan lightly onto dough.
- With a sharp knife, carefully cut dough into 1/2-inch thick strips. Space strips roughly 1 inch apart. Twist dough 3 or 4 times, pressing ends firmly onto baking sheet. Slide into the oven and bake 6 to 8 minutes, or until pastry has puffed up and edges are golden.
- Cheese straws are best right out of the oven. If making ahead, cool straws completely, place in a sealed container, and set in a 400 F oven for 3 minutes before serving.