Since the beginning of time, bread has marked the milestones of human existence like a billowy, sesame seed covered scepter. Each loaf, roll or baguette, every biscuit, blini, corn pone and bun is full of history, romance, tragedy, humor and drama. Worlds were conquered with it, empires were tumbled without it. And how about this trivia. Did you know that when butter was invented, even if it was only DAY ONE in the Creation, the world was at that moment, inherently complete? (Read Genesis! It says, "Let there be light!" Just because I choose to interpret this line as bright, yellow butter glowing atop a piece of warm bread is my business.)
So, with that said, enter these tasty little morsels shown in my dreamy photo. With the addition of store bought puff pastry, some butter, a few herbs, and a mountain of parmesan cheese (It's a close contest between butter and cheese as far as food importance.), you can have these light and airy, savory, and oh so buttery gems in no time! Serve them...oh heck. Serve them ANYTIME!
30 Minute Buttery Parmesan and Herb Bread Sticks
Prep time 8 to 10/Cook time 22 (This assumes the puff pastry is thawed. If not, allow another 40 minutes.)
Makes 16 to 18 bread sticks
I package puff pastry, thawed
5 T butter (unsalted or salted)
1 T olive oil
3 – 4 t Herbs de Provence dried herb mixture
1 ½ C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Dusting of flour
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heavily butter a cookie sheet and set aside. Take each square of puff pastry out and set on parchment paper, dusted slightly with flour. On the first square, take a rubber spatula and literally cover every surface with 4 T butter, spreading to edge. Spread out the cheese over that, covering to edge. Then sprinkle with the herbs. With the other square, lightly drizzle with olive oil, and invert over the top of the bread sticks so they stick together and are even. Then cut the square in half, and then cut strips about 1 to 1 ½ inches wide. Twist, lay on cookie sheet, cook for 20 – 23 minutes until golden brown.
Photo and recipe Copyright, Camine Pappas, 2014
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My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style is one of combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.