The adventures in puff pastry continue! I had bought a second box of puff pastry to make another batch of Cinnamon Nut Palmiers for a party a week ago but never made them because… well… I got lazy. Yes, I do get lazy sometimes. Anyway, I had this box of puff pastry sitting in my refrigerator and I wasn’t about to let $3.68 worth of puff pastry go to waste so I whipped up this savory little treat. Aside from being extremely quick, delicous and (of course) inexpensive, they just happen to go perfectly with the main dish that I have planned for this week (tune in Thursday to find out what it is!). You can fill puff pastry with any filling, savory or sweet… This is just one more option.
Parmesan Garlic Twists
Parmesan Garlic Twists
These Parmesan Garlic Twists are a quick, easy, and flavorful side to any Italian inspired meal.
- 1 box two sheets puff pastry $3.68
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan $0.31
- 1 tsp garlic powder $0.05
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour $0.07
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle half of the flour onto a clean work surface. Unfold one sheet of pre-thawed puff pastry onto the floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet out with a rolling pin until it is about 25% larger (if you don’t have a rolling pin you can skip this step).
Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the top of the pastry with water to help the filling adhere. Sprinkle half of the garlic powder and half of the parmesan cheese over the entire sheet of pastry dough. It will be easier to evenly distribute the garlic powder if you do not premeasure it but rather shake it directly from the bottle. The small “sprinkling” holes in the cap will help prevent large piles of garlic powder. You really only need a small amount dusted over the whole sheet. One half teaspoon per sheet was an estimate.
Fold the sheet in half to enclose the fillings. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the folded pastry dough into strips. I got twelve strips per sheet of pastry. The pastry already has creases from being folded into thirds in the box so I simply cut each third into four slices. They may look short (about 6″ long) at this point but they will elongate slightly as you twist them.
Pick up each slice and, holding each end, twist into a spiral shape. Place the twisted sticks onto a foil covered baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until nicely browned. Repeat with the second sheet of pastry dough.
STEP 4: Pick up each slice and, holding each end, twist into a spiral shape. Place the twisted sticks onto a foil covered baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until nicely browned. Repeat with the second sheet of pastry dough.
NOTE: I think two twists would make a fair serving, making this a $0.34 per serving side dish. They are a nice alternative to a roll or biscuit with dinner. You could also serve these as an appetizer with a warm bowl of marinara sauce! Or, serve these with a hearty salad for a light dinner.