Sunshine Cheese Straws or Wafers

Sasha Kamen

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@roaming

Cheese straws are traditional accompaniments at afternoon tea parties and receptions in the South. Add the optional cayenne pepper and they'll go great with beer and barbecue. I make them ahead of time and store in air-tight tins or freeze.


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Serves:

Makes about 125 straws.

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

3 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
salt
3/4 tsp
cayenne pepper (optional)
3 stick
butter
16 oz
sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Sift flour, salt, and cayenne pepper (if using) into a large bowl.
2
Cut cold butter into small pieces and blend into dry ingredients with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3
Add cheese and blend with your fingers, or the dough hook of an electric mixer, until the dough hangs together and is no longer crumbly.
4
Working with 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll out to a rectangle about 1/3 of an inch thick. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut into strips 1/2-inch wide and about 5 inches long.
5
If you prefer a wafer shape, cut the dough with a small biscuit or cookie cutter that is about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.
6
Bake on an ungreased baking sheet at 375 F. for ten to 15 minutes until very lightly browned. Be careful not to overbake. (For a pretty effect, give the straws a half twist before baking.)
7
HINT: These will firm up as they cool. Carefully remove from the baking sheet with a spatula and let cool completely on a flat surface before storing.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern