Mexican Cheese Twists

This post is sponsored by Old El Paso



 Bring the flavours of Mexico to your party or picnic with these easy to make Mexican cheese twists.

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Bring the flavours of Mexico to your party or picnic with these easy to make Mexican cheese twists.

As promised, I’m back with part 2 of my challenge from Old El Paso to create a new recipe using one of their Stand ‘N’ Stuff taco kits. As I explained before, I simply couldn’t resist splitting the kit up and creating two completely different Mexican inspired recipes. Yesterday it was my grown-up dessert of Churro Taco Bowls with Mexican Hot Chocolate and Margarita Ice Creams using the tacos from the kit, and today I’m back with another quick, simple and delicious recipe using the tomato sauce and herb topping mix – Mexican cheese twists. This one’s much more family friendly too, in fact I can’t seem to stop the boys (and that includes Jon!) polishing them all off!

Bring the flavours of Mexico to your party or picnic with these easy to make Mexican cheese twists.

As you can see I’ve once again stepped away from the more traditional Mexican cuisine (apparently I just can’t help myself!). You see, we always enjoy the Old El Paso meals when all I do is simply whip up the recipe on the back of the box, and my boys tend to make their feelings very clear if I try and mess around with one of their favourites. To protect myself from the risk of complaints from a 3 and 5 year old I decided it was necessary to make something including all of those flavours that they love but looking quite a bit different. With the weather starting to warm up, I also loved the idea of making something perfect for a picnic or party that could be made in advance to just grab and go when we wanted them.

 Bring the flavours of Mexico to your party or picnic with these easy to make Mexican cheese twists.

These Mexican cheese twists are also perfect for dipping (in fact, in my opinion a bit of dipping makes them even better!) and we enjoyed testing them out with a few of the different dips and sauces in the Old El Paso range. We also added the herb topping mix from our kit into the sour cream for a little extra flavour.

Bring the flavours of Mexico to your party or picnic with these easy to make Mexican cheese twists.

These twists are made with a mild tomato sauce as my boys don’t like their food too spicy. If you wanted something a little hotter then I’d suggest finely chopping a few jalapeño peppers and adding them along with the sauce and cheese.

Mexican Cheese Twists

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes 22 twists

Ingredients

  • 2x 320g packs ready rolled puff pastry
  • 40g mature cheddar cheese
  • 1 pack Mexican tomato sauce from the Stand ‘N’ Stuff  Extra Mild kit (you could also use Old El Paso Mild Salsa instead)

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan.
  2. Line a couple of baking sheets with greaseproof paper or a non-stick baking mat.
  3. Lay out 1 sheet of puff pastry.
  4. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the puff pastry.
  5. Finely grate the cheese (40g) and sprinkle it evenly across the puff pastry.
  6. Place the 2nd sheet of puff pastry on top and gently press down with a rolling pin (not too hard, just enough to help hold everything together. Don’t worry if a little filling squeezes out!).
  7. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the pastry into thin strips about 1 cm wide.
  8. Take one strip and holding one end firmly, carefully twist the other end until it forms a spiral (like in the picture). Place it onto the baking tray and repeat until all of the strips are twisted – make sure you leave about a 2cm gap between the twists as they’ll expand during cooking.
  9. Place into the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray of a couple of minutes before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Bring the flavours of Mexico to your party or picnic with these easy to make Mexican cheese twists.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 120 kcal (6%), Fat: 7.7g (11%), Saturated Fat: 4.0g (20%), Carbohydrates: 10.6g (4%), Sugar: 0.7g (1%), Fibre: 0.7g (3%), Protein: 2.0g (4%), Salt: 0.3g (5%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per twist. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Corn-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Soy-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are easily available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

Bring the flavours of Mexico to your party or picnic with these easy to make Mexican cheese twists.


I’m sharing this recipe with the following blog challenges… Treat Petite with The Baking Explorer and Cakeyboi where the theme for May is picnic treats, CookBlogShare with Snap Happy Bakes, Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too, Tasty Tuesdays with Honest Mum and finally my own FoodYearLinkup for Cinco de Mayo.

This post is an entry into the Foodies100 Cinco de Mayo recipe challenge sponsored by Old El Paso. The range of Old El Paso products is available in all major supermarkets To find out more visit www.oldelpaso.co.uk.

16 Comments:

  1. These look fantastic Charlotte – I love how you’ve split the pack up and made it your own! Happy cinco de Mayo!

  2. These sound so yummy Charlotte, and such a doddle to make. Bread/pastry sticks are always well received by on family on picnics or buffets.

    • Charlotte Oates

      They’re so simple aren’t they – although they always seem to take a little longer to twist than I think they should! My boys absolutely love them, Daniel’s really enjoyed having them in his packed lunch all week.

  3. Brilliant idea! I love a quick puff pastry treat like yours but I generally make mine sweet (hello Nutella!!!). Great idea for the next get together with friends. X

  4. Oooh these look and sounds so good! We love Mexican food so these are a must try. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Kirsty. They’re very mild as the boys don’t like any too spicy but we all really enjoyed them.

  5. Ooo I bet these are tasty! Yum! Thanks for sharing #CookBlogShare

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Hayley. They’ve been really popular in my house over the past few weeks, the boys call them pizza twists and keep asking to have them as snacks. I’ve not really made this sort of thing before and they’ve gone down so well I’m sure I’ll be trying out other new flavours over the summer.

  6. They look amazing and they are so easy to make. I have to remember the recipe next time I make snacks for watching movies.

  7. Wow what neat twists! You’ve really made them all look so perfect! Thanks for linking them up with Treat Petite 🙂

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Kat, it took a bit of trial and error to get the sizes right. It was tempting to make them too fat because when you cut them they look so thin but then expand a lot in the oven. I had a couple of monster batches (still tasted good though!).

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