Cheese straws are one of my favorite appetizers to serve at almost any dinner party or gathering. This cheese straws recipe is so easy to make too!
Prosciutto Parmesan Cheese Straws are an easy appetizer for dinner parties, family gatherings, and game day. Or, serve them on your next spaghetti night as puff pastry breadsticks!
Ah, cheese straws. Is there really any other appetizer that’s as easy, addicting (I’ve never been able to eat just one!), and versatile but still a bit classy? Whether you’re serving them at a casual gathering or as an appetizer at a nice dinner party, they’re always a hit!
These Prosciutto Parmesan Cheese Straws are not your traditional southern cheese straws. Instead of being like a long cheese-it, they are made with parmesan cheese instead of cheddar.
The prosciutto adds flavor and texture and pairs so well with the parmesan. Just thinking about the two together makes me want to make this cheese straws recipe again!
As I mentioned, cheese straws are a truly versatile appetizer. My personal favorite way to serve these Prosciutto Parmesan Cheese Straws is with a pre-dinner glass of wine when I have friends over but they also go just as well with beer.
Since cheese straws are so easy to make, they’re also a great appetizer for large holiday parties or other gatherings, including game day. They’re a popular appetizer for both adults and kids – and to make this cheese straws recipe more kid-friendly, you can always just leave out the prosciutto in a batch.
Another way to think of these is as puff pastry breadsticks, ready to be served up with a plate of spaghetti or dipped into marinara or garlic sauce. Puff pastry breadsticks are light and fluffy, a great alternative to crunchy and bland breadsticks.
Sometimes I serve these on game day with a few different dipping sauces. Garlic Butter Sauce for pizza is always a winner!
I love this particular cheese straws recipe because even though the cheese straws (or puff pastry breadsticks) are packed with flavor, they’re ready from the oven in just 10 minutes and only require a few ingredients.
Cheese straws are best served warm so I recommend preparing them just before guests start to arrive.
Since you like these Prosciutto Parmesan Cheese Straws, you may like these other easy appetizer recipes:
Tools for making Prosciutto Parmesan Cheese Straws:
Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!
Rimmed Baking Sheet– another kitchen staple! You’ll use this for prep work, roasting and much more. I have 7 at my house.
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- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 2 tablespoons butter , melted
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , finely shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 6 thin slices prosciutto , cut in half lengthwise
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine melted butter, Parmesan cheese and fine sea salt.
Unroll puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.
Baste butter mixture onto puff pastry.
Cut puff pastry into 12 strips.
Twist each strip with a thin slice of prosciutto. Place on baking sheet.
In another small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Baste onto the tops of each cheese straw.
Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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