Are you thinking about setting out a little appetizer for Easter (or other special) dinner? Consider these savory cheese pastries. The recipe is from my dear Aunt Amy, who was an elegant, gracious lady and a fabulous cook. What's nice is that they provide just a small bite of something--not too much--before a grand meal. And though I'm showing these as an appetizer, they also make a festive garnish for a entree or starter salad.
You can go directly to the printable recipe--or, I'll show you how to make these, step-by-step...
...and here's some equipment that will come in handy: parchment paper (for rolling out the dough) a fluted pastry wheel (for cutting the dough) and a small spatula (for handling the cut, but uncooked, pastries).
1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
~ While the seeds are cooling, we can prepare the mise en place. ~
6) Put the grated cup of cheese in a medium bowl. Take about 1 tablespoon of the flour from the food processor and mix it in with the cheese. Lightly flouring the cheese will make it easier to incorporate it into the pastry.
~ Now we're ready to form the pastry dough. ~
13) Now we are going to gradually drizzle in the liquid mixture. As you can see I've tossed a couple of ice cubes into the liquid to make sure it's cold. Drizzle in a bit of liquid and toss the mixture with a fork. Continue drizzling and tossing just until...
~ Let the dough chill and rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.~
15) On to rolling out the dough. You may have a favorite method for rolling out pastry dough. Here, I'm rolling the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Not only in this much less messy than flouring the counter, it avoids adding more flour into the dough (which can make it tough).
...now we'll cut the pastry crosswise. Because I didn't roll the dough out in an exact rectangle, the strips on each side are shorter. So, I cut them separately crosswise into 3" pieces (note how I'm using the little spatula to lift the uncooked pastry off the parchment so I can transfer it to an ungreased baking sheet)...
Savory Cheese and Sesame Pastries
Makes about 24 pastries
1/4 cup raw (untoasted) sesame seeds
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup very cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 drops Tabasco sauce
3 tablespoons cold water
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread the sesame seeds out on a sheet pan. Toast 5 to 7 minutes, just until fragrant. Let cool completely and set aside.
- In a food processor, combine the flour and salt using a couple of one-second pulses.
- Add the butter pieces to the food processor. Combine the flour and butter using 5 or 6 one-second pulses. There should be some pea-sized pieces of butter remaining in the mixture.
- Empty the flour/butter mixture into a large bowl. Add the cheese and the cooled sesame seeds.
- In a small measuring cup, combine the Worcestershire, Tabasco, and cold water.
- Sprinkle some of the liquid over flour mixture and toss with a fork to combine. Continue adding liquid and tossing lightly, just until mixture holds together. Add another teaspoon or so of water if necessary.
- Roll out the dough to 1/8" thick. Using a fluted pastry wheel, cut into 1" wide by 3" long strips. Place on ungreased sheet. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes, until the pastries are lightly golden brown.
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