Everything Bagel Cheese Straws combine all the flavors from a classic everything bagel with the crunchy, flaky cheese straw snack. These cheese straws are made with puff pastry and Asiago cheese and sprinkled with poppyseeds, sesame seeds, dried onion, and garlic.
Have you ever tried cheese straws? If you love cheese and pastries (and who doesn’t?) I’m sure you’ll love them.
A good cheese straw is light, flaky and slightly crunchy with lots of tangy cheese flavor. They’re often served with soups and sandwiches at bakeries. You might also find them in the bread basket or appetizer menu at many restaurants.
What Are Cheese Straws?
If you’re not familiar with cheese straws, they’re basically strips of pastry dough twisted together with cheese in a straw-like shape.
(No, they’re not drinking straws, alas! I know everyone’s looking for alternatives to plastic straws these days, but please don’t try sticking a cheese straw in your soda glass! It will not go well for you.)
These Everything Bagel Cheese Straws would also be an awesome addition to your next cheeseboard.
For all the parents sending kids back to school this fall, Everything Bagel Cheese Straws would also make a perfect breakfast pastry to eat on the go. My one note is that these are best served the same day they’re made, so it’s not a recipe I’d put on my Make Ahead Meals list.
These Cheese Straws are ready in so little time though that there’s no need to worry about a time crunch. And my family liked them so much that every single last cheese straw was gone within a couple of hours!
This recipe is a keeper and it’s straight out of my friend Maria’s new cookbook! Maria and her husband Josh are the creators of Two Peas & Their Pod and if you’ve ever baked, cooked, or snacked on one of their recipes, you know that their recipes deliver all the flavor with a minimum of fuss.
Easy Homemade Cheese Straws
You probably know by now that simple dinners and quick snacks are kind of our thing around here. I believe you shouldn’t have to choose between delicious, homemade food and meals that are easy to make.
Maria and I are on the same page with that. Her blog and cookbook are both packed with incredible exciting recipes that are easy enough for weeknights.
These Everything Bagel Cheese Straws are a great example of how much fun it is to combine two different foods (everything bagels and cheese straws) and put them together to make something special.
The everything bagel seasoning makes perfect sense for a cheese straw recipe. The garlic and onion go oh-so-well with the Asiago cheese and the nuttiness of the seeds added a satisfying layer of texture.
They also look gorgeous with those little specks of black sesame seeds and white poppy seeds, don’t you agree?
Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
Some cheese straw recipes require you to make your own pastry dough from scratch. That’s all well and good but who among us has that kind of time on our hands on an average Wednesday?
While I’m all in favor of the occasional baking project, I can’t get enough of recipes that let me have homemade baked goods without having to devote hours upon hours to the recipe.
This recipe calls for ready-made frozen puff pastry dough and I couldn’t have been happier with it. Simply thaw according to package directions and go!
From start to finish these homemade cheese straws took just slightly more than 30 minutes.
Puff Pastry Cheese Straw Recipe
After rolling out the puff pastry, you cut it into even strips. Whisk an egg and brush it over each strip of dough (this helps the seasonings stick to the cheese straws).
The everything bagel seasoning in this recipe is a combination of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, black sesame seeds (if you can find them), dried garlic and dried onion. Some stores also sell ready mixed Everything Bagel seasoning which works super well in this recipe, too.
Sprinkle Asiago cheese over the dough strips, then sprinkle your everything bagel seasoning over the dough, lightly pressing it into each strip.
To give the cheese straws a spiral shape, you twist the ends of each strip in opposite directions. It’s really neat how easy it is to make that pretty twisty shape!
After a few minutes in the oven, you have a delicious savory pastry. I already know this is going to be a recipe I make many more times!
Easy Appetizer Recipes
Cheese Plate Snacking is a way of life over here. My kids can put together terrific plates on their own at this point and these cheese straws would be a delicious addition.
I can’t wait for you all to try this cheese straw recipe and all the other awesome recipes in the Two Peas & Their Pod cookbook!
Everything Bagel Cheese Straws are about as easy as can be and they're completely irresistible too. Recipe lightly adapted from the Two Peas & Their Pod cookbook
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, for dusting
- 2 sheets of frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
- 1 egg
- 4 ounces Asiago cheese, finely shredded, about 1 cup
- 2 tsps poppy seeds
- 2 tsps sesame seeds
- 2 tsps optional: black sesame seeds (these can be hard to find, it's okay to skip them, if you can't source them)
- 1 1/2 tsp dried garlic
- 1 1/2 tsp dried onion
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats. Lightly flour a large cutting board or clean countertop. Roll out each sheet of pastry to approximately 10x12 inches.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the surface of the pastry with the egg mixture. Sprinkle each sheet evenly with the cheese, about 1/2 cup per sheet.
Stir together the spices and sprinkle them over the pastry sheets. With a rolling pin, lightly press the cheese and seasonings into the puff pastry. Using a sharp knife, or pizza cutter, cut each sheet into strips about 1-inch wide.
Transfer each strip to the lined baked sheet, placing them an inch apart, and twisting the ends in opposite directions to "spiral" each of the cheese straws. If the dough gets too warm and sticky, you can put one tray in the refrigerator while working with the other.
Bake the straws for 15 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned. Turn each straw over and bake an additional 5 minutes, until golden brown, crispy, and dry to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Serve the same day they're made.
2 tablespoons of Everything Bagel seasoning mix can be substituted for the spices listed in this recipe.
Parmesan or Pecorino Romano may also be substituted for the Asiago cheese in this recipe.