Cheese straws are often made with shop-bought puff pastry, which works well as long as the straws are very fresh and well baked. Just follow the instructions from Step 4. I would urge you to try making it this way; however, making your own rough puff does require a little work, but it’s not difficult, and the cheese straws will be far crunchier and more satisfying than those made with shop-bought puff. You could substitute the Cheddar and Parmesan-style cheese for other cheeses – blue cheese is delicious, for instance – but do make sure that whichever cheese you use it’s strong. The whole point of cheese straws is their extreme cheesiness. (Image.)
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