Parmesan & Pepper Sticks

prepared by and photo by Emily Doscher

Another winner from Mom… thanks Suzanne!  Crunchy, cheesy, salty and peppery.

Size: makes 36

All-purpose flour for rolling
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
6 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh ground pepper


Preheat oven to 375F, with racks in upper and lower thirds.  Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin; roll out puff pastry to a 10×18″ rectangle.  Brush with 1 tbsp butter, sprinkle with 3 tbsp Parmesan and season with pepper.  Gently roll over dough to adhere.  Flip dough and repeat with more butter, cheese, and pepper.

Cut dough in half lengthwise, then cut each piece into 1/2″ wide strips.  Arrange in a single layer on two parchment-lined baking sheets and bake until pastry is golden and puffed, about 7 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.  Let cool completely.

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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ