From the Rachael Ray Show: Hot & Spicy Cheese Sticks

Sometimes when you got to a fancy bar, they serve these amazing, addictive cheese sticks. Well guess what? They’re easy to make and they’re a real crowd-pleaser when you’re entertaining. Click here to watch me make them—and here to watch me burn them (whoops!).

Clinton Kelly Hot Spicy Cheese Sticks

Hot & Spicy Cheese Sticks


  • 1 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried, crushed red pepper flakes Salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Place one rack in top third of the oven, the other in lower third. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine cheese, rosemary, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water to make the egg wash. Set aside.
  • Working on a floured surface, cut one piece of the pastry dough in half crosswise. Brush both rectangles with the egg wash. Distribute the cheese mixture evenly onto the pastry, pressing down lightly so it adheres to the dough. Flip one rectangle so the cheese side is down. Brush with egg wash and place the second rectangle on top so cheese is on the outside of both rectangles.
  • Cut dough horizontally into 1/2-inch strips. Twist the strips to and pinch the ends to the shape holds. Place on baking sheet leaving 1 inch between each piece.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  • Serve warm or room temperature.

#fbf to 1994 (ish) with my buds, @richardwiese and @wendirogerstv Bought that sport coat on sale for about 20 bucks because that’s all I had in the bank. Was 10% wool and 90% “other.” Got caught in the rain with it and smelled like wet dog ass all night.

Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

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