Cheese sticks – a Romanian traditional snack that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Merry Christmas! It makes me real happy to be able to share these recipes with everyone. I’ve grown up with these dishes and I absolutely love them. I’m so glad that I married a Romanian man because we have this tradition in common. But even if you didn’t grow up with these holiday dishes you can still enjoy them. Especially these cheese sticks, who doesn’t love a good cheese stick? Although we usually make these during the holidays, they really are good year round, for any occasion or just because you want them as a snack.
There isn’t a Christmas that goes by that I don’t make these. They are fairly easy to make and boy do they go fast. Everybody loves them, and trust me they go very well with beer. I have this recipe from my mother in law, so it’s been made for generations now. I think these are the perfect snack to have around the kitchen during Christmas and Easter.
I don’t go into too many details making these because they are very simple. In a big bowl add the ricotta cheese, yogurt, egg, butter or margarine, salt, and the yeast. I doubled the recipe for mine, that’s why you see two eggs in the picture. And also I used margarine for the first time, just because I wanted to see if there was going to be a difference. When my mother in law gave me the recipe she said to use margarine, and I think I like them better with margarine.
Just whisk everything together so that everything is well incorporated.
Now add the flour and mix it well. You will need to turn this out onto a well floured surface and just knead it for a couple minutes. You may also use your mixer if you prefer.
Place the dough in a large bowl, no need to oil the bowl, the dough is oily enough. Cover the dough up with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. The next day, before starting this, preheat your oven to 375 F degrees. Take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Divide the dough in half and roll out each half in a big square. The dough should be about 1/4 of inch in thickness or 1/2 cm. You could make it a bit thicker if you want your cheese sticks thicker. I left mine thicker, probably a cm and they turned out wonderful. After you rolled out the dough, you can cut these any way you want. Normally they are cut into long strips, but there have been times when I’ve used holiday cookie cutters and made these into all sort of shapes. Totally up to you. Place these sticks on the prepared baking sheet and brush them with egg wash. On top sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese, or caraway seeds.
I also used Gruyere cheese this time, so I sprinkled them with both Gruyere and Parmesan cheese.
What can I say, I love cheese. Bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until they are nice and golden.
You will love them. I hope you guys try them and let me know how they turned out. Happy holidays!
- 250 g (8.93 oz) ricotta cheese
- 200 g (7.14 oz) plain yogurt
- 1 egg yolk
- 200 g (7.14 oz) butter or margarine
- ½ tsp salt
- 25 g fresh yeast or 1 tsp active dry yeast
- 500 g (18 oz) all purpose flour
- Parmesan cheese and/or Gruyere cheese, shredded
- caraway seeds, optional
- 1 egg for brushing
- In a large bowl mix the yeast, yogurt, ricotta cheese, melted butter or margarine, salt and the egg yolk together, basically everything except the flour. Now add the flour and mix well, you can use a mixer if you wish.
- Place in fridge over night. Flour your work surface and roll out the dough. You can cut them in any shapes you want, but traditionally they are cut into long sticks as you can see in the picture above. Make sure the dough is about ¼ inch or ½ cm thick. Brush with egg wash, and sprinkle parmesan cheese and caraway seeds on each stick.
- Bake for about 20 min at 375 degrees or until golden brown.