Soppressata Cheese Sticks
- SERVINGS: MAKES 5 TO 6 DOZEN CHEESE STICKS
- 4 ounces sliced soppressata or other spiced Italian salami, chopped
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese
- 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoons water
- 1 pound puff pastry, preferably all-butter, chilled
- 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)
- Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment or wax paper. In a food processor, work the soppressata with the Pecorino, mustard and water to a fine paste. Transfer the paste to a bowl.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the puff pastry 1/8 inch thick. Spread the soppressata paste evenly over the bottom half of the dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border on the sides. Fold the top half of the dough over to cover the paste and press the edges to seal. Using a rolling pin, lightly press the top and bottom together. Slide the puff pastry onto a lined baking sheet and chill until firm.
- Roll out the pastry a scant 1/8 inch thick and cut into 3 long 6-inch wide strips. Working with 1 strip at a time and keeping the others refrigerated, trim the pastry to a neat rectangle. Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with one-third of the sesame seeds. Cut the dough crosswise into 3/4-inch-wide sticks and arrange them 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate until chilled.
- Preheat the oven to 375°. Bake the soppressata sticks for about 16 minutes, or until golden and crisp, shifting the pans halfway through baking. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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