Show off your cooking skills and get into the festive spirit with these fun, easy cheese treats – they make great party snacks for grazing guests. These delicious “Cheese Stars” are not only visually eye-catching, but also incredibly tasty! The savory combination of melted cheese and a crispy crust will make your taste buds dance with joy. Whether you’re hosting a holiday event or just in the mood for a cheesy treat, these delicious treats are sure to be a hit. Bite-sized and full of flavor, these cheese stars are perfect for any occasion. So grab your apron and impress your guests with this simple yet impressive recipe!
- 320g puff pastry sheet
- Cup grated cheese (we mixed 60g cheddar with 25g parmesan)
- flour, for dusting
- 2 Table spoons of milk
- Topping of choice (optional) – we used poppy seeds, dried oregano and sesame
- Roll out the dough and sprinkle most of the cheese on one half of the sheet. Fold the dough in half to cover the cheese and seal.
- Dust your rolling pin and work surface with a little flour and place your dough sheet on top. Roll it out until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6 and line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Cut the dough into shapes using cookie cutters and place on the prepared baking sheets. (Place the cookie cutters close together on the dough to reduce wasted dough. You can fold the scraps back on themselves and re-roll to cut out more shapes.)
- Brush the molds with milk and add a pinch of cheese and, if necessary, a pinch of topping of your choice.
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the dough is risen and golden brown, then transfer to a serving plate.
- Store in an airtight container for 3 days.
Equipment and tools
Here are the equipment and tools you need to make cheese stars:
- Cup of grated cheese
- Flour for dusting
- 2 Table spoons of milk
- Puff pastry sheet (320g)
- rolling pin
- Pastry brush
- Sharp knife or cookie cutter (star-shaped)
Please note the following allergen information for cheese stars:
- This recipe contains dairy products (cheddar and parmesan cheese).
Storage and leftovers
Here are some guidelines for storing and handling leftover cheese stars:
- After baking, cheese stars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- If you have leftovers, you can reheat them in the oven at 180°C (350°F) for a few minutes to crisp them up again.
- Note that reheating may cause the toppings to lose some of their freshness and texture.
The Health Benefits of Cheese Stars
When it comes to filling snacks, Cheese Stars are a popular choice for many people. Not only are they delicious and easy to make, but they also offer a number of health benefits that you may not be aware of. Let’s take a closer look at the nutritional value packed into these delicious cheese treats.
1. Excellent source of protein
Cheese stars are made with a generous amount of grated cheese, which serves as an excellent source of protein. Protein plays an important role in the growth and repair of tissue in our body. It is also important for the production of enzymes, hormones and antibodies that help strengthen our immune system.
2. Rich in calcium
Cheese, a key ingredient in cheese stars, is known for its high calcium content. Calcium is known to promote strong teeth and bones and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis. Including cheese stars in your diet can be a tasty way to increase your calcium intake.
3. Packed with B vitamins
Cheese stars not only taste great, but also provide lots of B vitamins. B vitamins are important for energy production, brain health, and nervous and immune system function. Adding cheese stars as a snack can help ensure you’re getting enough of these vital vitamins.
4. Healthy fats
Although cheese stars may contain fats, it is important to note that these fats come primarily from the cheese. Cheese contains healthy fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which have positive effects on heart health. Moderate intake of these fats in a balanced diet can support overall cardiovascular health.
Now that you know the health benefits of cheese stars, you can enjoy these delicious treats without feeling guilty. Whether you sprinkle them with poppy seeds, dried oregano, or sesame seeds, you can feel good knowing you’re enjoying a snack that offers both flavor and nutrition.