No, you can't sip through these straws, but the Parmesan Cheese Straws recipe is just as handy to use. And for a nice tongue-in-cheek effect, serve the straws in glasses, as pictured.
Made with sheets of puff pastry, which you can find in the freezer section of your grocery store, this is a quick, simple party snack idea or substitution for traditional bread sticks, well loved.
The puff pastry stays in the freezer until a half hour before you're ready to prepare the straws, making cheese straws a good "last minute" or "unexpected company" recipe.
2 sheets frozen puff pastry (about 12 x 14 inches each)
Sprinkling of flour
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Take the puff pastry out of the freezer and let it thaw for about half an hour.
Turn your oven on, preheating it to 400°. Whisk the egg whites and water together.
Dust your work surface lightly with flour and lay the puff pastry sheets on it. Working with one sheet at a time, brush one side with the egg white mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet (you may need 2) and cut into 1/2-inch strips with a knife or pizza wheel. Gently twist the strips several times and pinch the ends together so they don't fray during baking. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Oddly, the Parmesan Cheese Straws recipe makes about 40 straws. I know... 14 inches wide... 1/2-inch strips... Should be more.
For breakfast or brunch, serve sweet, Cinnamon-Sugar Straws instead of toast or cinnamon rolls, and add the leftover egg yolks to the scrambled eggs.
Omit the cheese. Combine 2 - 3 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle it over the puff pastry after it has been brushed with the egg mixture. Bake as above.