Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists + MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Giveaway

Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com @Letthebakingbg

Hello, hello! With the holidays approaching appetizers are going to be a hot item. Some search the internet, some scour the Pinterest boards, while others are glued to their TV’s trying to catch as many recipes on the cooking shows as they can. Speaking of cooking channels, have you guys seen MASTERCHEF JUNIOR on FOX? Just in case you haven’t (here’s the link to the previous episodes), it’s a show where kids (shall I mention, super talented kids?) compete in a series of food challenges.  Given my passion for cooking and baking, you bet my girls watch the cooking shows together with me, usually it’s followed by a request to make something together, like chocolate chip cookies, or… these Cheese & Basil Twists.

 

Anyway, a while ago I told my 7 year old that I could make Borsch at the age of 9 and she had a hard time believing me since she couldn’t imagine herself making something so “complicated”, in just 2 years. Well, watching kids cook on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, my little skills as a 9 year old fade and look very, very bleak. Seriously, those kids can cook! I am not sure if they were being taught cooking skills since they were in diapers or how in the world they mastered such skills in such short amount of time, but you have got to see them! I do not envy the judges though. I can not imagine how you tell a kid that already brought so much talent and effort to the table that their dish does not cut it.  Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com @Letthebakingbg

 

Kid’s cooking competitions, like MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, are new to the whole realm of cooking shows and I love how inspirational they’re to the kids. I guess when you see a kid making raspberry mousse from scratch, all of a sudden frying an egg or making a sandwich is not such a big deal. Being the oldest of 2, my daughter is very competitive and every time she watched the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, she goes and tries to make something in the kitchen herself. After watching the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR this past Friday, she asked to make breakfast, which included fried eggs and asparagus. She’s so proud of herself when I let her do something in the kitchen and it turns out well. I am proud of her too, you got to start them early you know 😉

 

Back to the appetizer now. You know how anything that includes cheese is always the first fly off the table? Well these Cheese and Basil Twists are going to do just that – fly off the table! They’re crispy, cheesy and delicious –  great on their own or with hearty bowl of soup (I’m thinking Tomato Soup). Plus they’re something you can make with your kids, but in that case make sure to shred some extra cheese – because you know they’ll sneak pinches of it right into their mouths haha!

 

 

 

Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists 

Yield: 8 – 10” long puff puff pastry twists  

Ingredients: 

    • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed

 

  • 1 egg +1 Tbsp water, whisked together

 

 

  • 2 oz cheddar cheese, about 3/4 cup shredded (I had white cheddar)

 

 

  • 6-7 leaves basil

 

 

  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

 

 

  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika

 

 

  How to make Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists Preheat oven to 425F with the rack in the middle. Shred the cheese. Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com @Letthebakingbg

Stack leaves one on top of the other, roll them together and cut into thin strips.

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On a floured work surface roll out the thawed puff pastry sheet into 20” x 10”. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut into 8 even strips lengthwise. Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com @Letthebakingbg

 

Brush the strips of dough with the egg wash, sprinkle with cheese, cheddar and the garlic powder only on the lower half of the puff pastry strips. Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com @Letthebakingbg-13

 

Take the unsprinkled half of each strip and fold it over the sprinkled half, then firmly press together with hand to adhere the two sides together. Brush the egg yolk mixture on the strips again and sprinkle with half the paprika.

 

Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com @Letthebakingbg-14

 

Twist and stretch each double-sided strip until you get a fully covered twist as shown on the picture.

 

Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com @Letthebakingbg

 

Place all twists on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with the egg wash again. Sprinkle with paprika. Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com @Letthebakingbg

 

Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the twists are golden in color.

 

Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com @Letthebakingbg

 

Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

 

Cheese and Basil Puff Pastry Twists

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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 25 min

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F with the rack in the middle.
  2. Shred the cheese.
  3. Stack leaves one on top of the other, roll them together and cut into thin strips.
  4. On a floured work surface roll out the thawed puff pastry sheet into 20'' x 10''. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut into 8 even strips lengthwise.
  5. Brush the strips of dough with the egg wash, sprinkle with cheese, cheddar and the garlic powder only on the lower half of the puff pastry strips.
  6. Take the unsprinkled half of each strip and fold it over the sprinkled half, then firmly press together with hand to adhere the two sides together. Brush the egg yolk mixture on the strips again and sprinkle with half the paprika.
  7. Twist and stretch each double-sided strip until you get a fully covered twist as shown on the picture.
  8. Place all twists on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with the egg wash again. Sprinkle with paprika.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the twists are golden in color.
  10. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

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  • Jeffrey

    I love to make pancakes with my kids. I set up a little topping bar and after I pour the batter on the skillet they get to sprinkle their mix-ins over the cakes.

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    Have them fry eggs on the stove all by themselves for breakfast. And whenever in the kitchen, get your child involved too. Or when your child asks you to make them something, tell them, “do it yourself and I will supervise you”. Your child will have so much fun and you will enjoy watching him and feel accomplished!!

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    I love to have the kids pick out what they love to eat and we go home and they prepare what they want for dinner. What we love cooking is tacos and we have a taco bar, and put what toppings we want on our tacos.

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    I like to take the kids out to the garden and pick some fresh produce and then cook something with it. For example, we might pick some peppers, tomatoes and onions and then make a home made pizza. Or some fresh zucchini and use the spiralizer to make a ‘pasta’ dish. It’s a great way to get kids to try something new.

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    I like to make desserts with my son. He likes it more if it’s something sweet!

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