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How to Make Cheese Sticks
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How to Make Cheese Sticks

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"These super-simple breadsticks are easy, cheesy, and there's no dough to make because we're going to use frozen puff pastry for this. They're very cool for entertaining."

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Original recipe makes 9 breadsticks Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Place a sheet of frozen puff pastry dough onto a floured work surface and allow dough to thaw just until it can be unfolded. Unfold dough into a flat sheet; brush top of puff pastry dough with olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Sprinkle white Cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese onto the dough, covering the surface. Top with a piece of plastic wrap; press cheese and seasonings firmly into the dough with your fingers or by laying a sheet pan onto the dough over the plastic and pressing it down.
  4. Remove plastic and use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the dough down the seam lines into thirds; cut each third lengthwise into thirds for a total of 9 breadsticks.
  5. Pick up a dough strip, place it seasoned side down on the work surface, and twist from both ends 8 or 9 times to make a rolled tube of dough with the seasoned side out. Place breadsticks onto prepared baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the sticks. Roll the sticks lightly to even up their shapes and pick up and press any dropped cheese onto the surfaces.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes; flip and continue baking until breadsticks are browned and crisp, 10 to 20 more minutes. If you pick up a stick by one end and it droops, bake for several more minutes. Cool on a wire rack before serving.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can put all kinds of dried herbs and spices, curry powders, smoked paprika, and things like that. I am showing my basic formula and then you will adapt.
  • The wider the strips, the more bread-like the cheese sticks will be. The tighter you twist them, the more dense and crisp they will be. A loose twist will result in a softer, breadier stick.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 17, 2013

Holy COW!!!! These were fantastic. I appreciated the video to help me learn how to twist these. You're right, Chef John, they don't suck. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 09, 2015

not a fan, nor was anyone else at dinner.

Aug 15, 2014

So easy And really great with parma ham

Aug 14, 2014

I made this today, the results were great. However, my sticks were very different. I measured out 1/4 cup of grated cheese which is 2 oz. I had WAY more cheese than the video showed, and there was no way I could have rolled them that way. I had to roll them with the cheese INSIDE instead of outside, which was challenging. However, they turned out just great!! The insides are very cheesy, and the outsides have some nice crunchy cheese all up and down them.

Apr 27, 2014

Very very good!!!! Never had better!

Dec 28, 2013

easy party pleaser

Dec 03, 2014

so easy. and i use egg yolk to give a good colour at the surface. and only use cheddar cheese because i only have cheddar at home.

Apr 06, 2015

HUGE HIT at Easter dinner! Delicious and very impressive-looking!


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  • Calories
  • 184 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 13.2 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 134 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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