Since the UK coronavirus lockdown began, many chefs and foodies have started sharing recipes on Instagram.

I quite happily while away half an hour watching quick videos, from Ping Coombes’ Dalgona Coffee, to amazing bakes from former GBBO contestants Selasi, John, Martha and Benjamina, restaurant-style inspiration from journalist Felicity Spector and impressive pastry from Helen Goh and cronut-inventor Dominique Ansel.

Another perennial favourite is Yotam Ottolenghi. Since living just a 2 minute walk from his Islington restaurant a few years ago, I have loved his food, books and TV programmes and enjoyed using Middle Eastern ingredients like sumac and za’tar in my own inventions.

Yet I am sure he would be the first to admit that many of his recipes are not particularly quick or simple, and often require a special trip to the supermarket.

However – a couple of days ago he posted a recipe on Instagram and I realised I had every one of the (four) ingredients in my fridge – no need for a non-essential trip out.

20 minute cheese straws really do take 20 minutes, from beginning to being in your mouth. Here’s the recipe, based on Ottolenghi’s Instagram advice.

Cheese Straws Recipe

 

Easy Cheesy Straws

A very simple but effective cheese straws recipe. Most excellent alongside beer and wine.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Bar Snacks, Beer Snacks, Cheese, Wine Snack
Author: Katie

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
  • Harissa paste
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Lay your pastry flat, roll out to make a bit thinner if you like, and score down the middle to create two squares.
  • Smear harissa paste over one of your squares, making sure to go right to the edge.
  • Grate your parmesan over the harissa.
  • Fold the clean side of your pastry over the one with cheese and harissa to create one square, and roll it out so it all sticks together.
  • Cut into strips about 1.5cm wide.
  • Take each strip, hold each end and twist, to create your classic cheese straw shape.
  • Grate some more parmesan on top if you like.
  • Bake at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

Notes

Eat immediately or try (and fail) to save some for later…