Hot Sesame Sticks are little pastries with a slight peppery flavor. They make a tasty appetizer and are delicious served with soups or salads.
When I want to make a version that my husband can enjoy, I use vegan butter instead of butter. Hot Sesame Sticks do have Parmesan Cheese in them. Parmesan Cheese is an aged cheese that can be tolerated by some people who have an issue with lactose. Parmesan Cheese is ok for my husband, so just trading vegan butter for butter makes this an appetizer than my husband can enjoy. You can omit the Parmesan Cheese is you want a dairy-free appetizer. Do what is best for your dietary needs. When I make Hot Sesame Sticks for my husband, I cut the cayenne pepper in half because he doesn't like much heat.
Hot Sesame Sticks can be frozen. If you chose to freeze them, pack them in an airtight container so that they retain their shape.
I hope you enjoy!
Hot Sesame Sticks
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 jumbo egg, slightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Cream the butter with an electric mixer.
- Add the flour, cayenne pepper, salt and oregano. Mix thoroughly.
- Blend in the egg. The dough should look like cookie dough.
- Add the Parmesan cheese and blend well.
- Divide the dough into eight equal pieces.
- Sprinkle a flat surface with some sesame seeds.
- On the sesame seed sprinkled surface, roll each piece to make a long, finger-like strand that is about 1/2-inch in diameter. The strand will be about 9-inches long.
- Cut each strand into six equal pieces, which is about 1-1/2 inches long.
- Place each piece on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a light golden color.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.