Parmesan Twists

It’s summer time – so that means picnics all round. I am sure there will be the usual British fare – cucumber sandwiches (hey, who is complaining), sausage rolls, the obligatory bag of Kettle chips and of course some Pimms. Well there best be Pimms otherwise what kind of picnic do you call this?

I wanted to come up with something a little different, but something that still hits the spot – savoury, cheesy and the best part – the easiest things in the goddam world.


The below measurements yield  about 10 and is half a sheet of the pre-rolled pastry. Just use the full sheet and double up on the rest of the ingredients if you’re supplying to a crowd rather than a few. You could try adding a second cheese or a dusting of paprika for a little variation.


Yields: 10 straws.

160g pre-rolled puff pastry
40g parmesan cheese, grated
40g butter, melted
2 springs thyme
1 tsp garlic salt

Preheat the oven to 200°C

Put the parmesan, thyme, garlic salt and pepper into a bowl and mix. Unroll the puff pastry and cut into strips of about 1/2″ in width. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with the parmesan mixture on both sides. Lay on a baking sheet and put in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

Remove, leave to cool and serve. Goes well with the chipotle mayo from my Buttermilk Chicken recipe.

Told you it was easy.