We entertain a lot at our house so I'm always making appetizers. More often then not I make a variety of dips because they are easy and feed a lot of people. Every now and then I like to make something a little different.
I've eaten cheese straws several times at parties and I always enjoy them. They are easy to pick up and carry around at a party. They are crunchy and just a little different from anything else I usually eat.
They are made out of a cheese and flour mixture that forms a dough. I added a touch of cayenne pepper that gives the straws a bit of heat. I had some trouble twisting the straws but after working the dough a bit I got the hang of it. The straws came out of the oven crunchy, a little spicy, and totally cheesy.
- 1 lb. cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 c. flour
- 2 t. salt
- ½ t. cayenne pepper
- ½ t. dry mustard
- ½ t. black pepper
- 1 stick butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, and black pepper.
- Add the melted butter and use your hands to form a dough ball. Mix in the cheddar cheese. Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time until a firm dough forms.
- Roll the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Remove dough from refrigerator and roll to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into ½ inch wide strips. Twist the dough strips and place on greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Adapted from HGTV