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HOT PEANUT CHEESE STICKS

Hot Peanut Cheese Sticks1 sheet frozen puff pastry
(half of a 17 1/4 ounce package)
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
(about 6 ounces)
1 3/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 egg white
1 1/4 cup finely chopped roasted peanuts

Let sheet of pastry defrost about 20 minutes. On lightly floured board unfold pastry sheet. Roll pastry into a 15 x 18-inch rectangle.

In a small bowl, stir together Cheddar cheese and crushed red pepper. Sprinkle cheese mixture onto pastry, lightly pressing mixture into pastry.

Cut sheet lengthwise into three strips (5 x 18 inches each). Cut each strip horizontally into pieces about 1-inch wide. Holding each piece at opposite ends, twist into spiral.

In a small bowl, beat egg white until frothy. Brush each twist with egg white and roll in chopped peanuts. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake in a 425º F. oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Yields: 54 twists.

Last Updated ( Mar 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM )