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Grana Padano Easy Cheese Straws with Fresh Tomato & Basil Dip
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These easy cheesy puff pastry twists are perfect for Summer parties and picnics

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10
Author: Katie Bryson
For the Cheese Straws
  • 375 g Ready Rolled Sheet of Puff Pastry
  • 75 g Grana Padano Cheese Finely Grated
  • 3 tbsp Grain Mustard
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
For the Tomato & Basil Dip
  • 2 large vine tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
To make the Cheese Straws
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6. Grease and line two baking sheets.

  2. Carefully unroll the sheet of puff pastry, then spread the grain mustard over the surface in an even layer. Scatter half of the grated cheese over the top then press into the pastry using a rolling pin. Fold in half from right to left.

  3. Scatter the remaining cheese over the top, pressing again with the rolling pin and rolling it out to make it a little thinner, making sure that all the layers are well combined.

  4. Using a sharp knife cut the pastry into equal strip about 2-3cm wide. Take one strip at a time in your hands, twist the top and bottom until twists form along the strip - about 4-5 twists should do it. Then place on the baking sheet, pressing each end down so it doesn't unravel. Repeat until you've twisted all the strips, placing them an inch or two apart from each other on the baking sheets.

  5. Pop both trays into the fridge to chill for about 10 minutes to firm up, then bring them out. Brush over the surface with beaten egg and then scatter with poppy seeds.

  6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the twists have puffed up and are golden. Once they've cooled a little, transfer onto a board or platter to serve and then make the dip.

To make the Tomato & Basil Dip
  1. Chop the vine tomatoes into little cubes - about 1cm square and place in a bowl.

  2. Roughly chop the basil leaves and toss in with the tomatoes with a good glug of extra virgin olive oil and season to taste with sea salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper.