This Cheese Straw recipe, from Smitten Kitchen, is amazing. Basically, these are sticks of cheese and butter, with just the right amount of peppery kick. I made the mistake of making only one batch the first time I brought it to a gathering. Lesson learned. Today, for the Super Bowl, I've doubled it.
Pre-Heat oven to 350º
3 cups cheddar cheese
1 stick of butter (soft & cubed)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons milk (I ended up using close to 3)
- Mix cheese, butter, flour, salt, and pepper. Smitten Kitchen suggests using a food processor. In an attempt to build some arm muscles (and since I don't like cleaning my food processor), I just used a pastry cutter. It takes a lot longer, but I was able to zone out and watch some Super Bowl pregame while I was doing it.
- Once the mixture has turned into little crumbs, add the milk.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface and roll it out. Slice the dough into straws.
- Bake 12-15 minutes. I used a silpat-lined pan. You could certainly use parchment paper. No need to grease. These straws have enough butter to grease themselves.
- Let the straws rest for a few minutes before removing from the pan.
- Try to set them aside without eating for as long as you can, especially if you are supposed to bring them to a party. *This is the hardest step.