Saturday, February 13, 2010

Cheese Straws

I found these over at Smitten Kitchen and thought they looked like a fun party food. And fun they were! They were incredibly easy and tasted a whole lot like cheez its with a little kick. They came together in no time at all and were fun to have out on our spread. Try them!

Cheese Straws

1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
4 T. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 T. half-and-half

First off, I used medium cheddar because that's what I had. I'm sure extra sharp would be better, but they were still really tasty. Also, I used cream instead of half-and-half, but either would work (or milk) and I need more like 2 T. to form the dough. Okay, procede...

In food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt & pepper until it is in coarse crumbles. Add half-and-half and pulse until dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds.

Roll dough out onto a floured surface into an 8x10 rectangle that is 1/2 " thick. Cut dough into thin strips (About 1/3"). Gently transfer strips to an ungreased cookie sheet (or line with parchment paper), leaving 1/4" between them.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature. Store in refrigerator up to 2 days.

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