This is another delectable holiday appetizer from California Walnuts. Bread sticks are always a party favourite and go great with any cocktail that you serve at your holiday party. The people from California Walnuts say that these wands are, "a perfect addition to a cheese tray or [makes for] a satisfying snack".

Recipe and photo from California Walnuts. Permission was granted prior to posting.

*Disclaimer: the recommendation to use California walnuts is strictly from California walnuts and from the creator of this recipe. Food Tastes Yummy does not fully endorse products.*

Makes 15 to 18 servings

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F

Baking time: 15-20 minutes

  • 1/2 cup California walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup dried figs, finely diced (about 4)
  • 6 Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 2 tsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp each: salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (10 x 10-inch or 25 x 25 cm) sheet of puff pastry, thawed

Toasting walnuts: In large, dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast walnuts, stirring occasionally, until lightly brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 F

Walnut Mixture: In a food processor, combine walnuts, parmesan, figs, olives, capers, vinegar, thyme, salt, pepper, water and blend to a paste. Set aside.

With a sharp knife, cut sheet of puff pastry into 4 equal squares. Spread walnut mixture evenly among 3 of the squares, then stack, placing the clean pastry square on top.

To Assemble Wands:

Step 1: Cut two 1/4-inch (5mm) thin strips from the pastry stack
Step 2: Take one strip and twist into a spiral towards the right. Repeat with second strip.
Step 3: Lay both twisted strips side-by-side and pinch one end together. Take the right twisted strip and cross over the left one. Keep crossing the two twisted strips until completely spiralled together. Pinch the ends together to form a tip.

Repeat steps 1 to 3 until pastry is all finished.

Lay wands on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool and serve.

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