Smoked Cheddar Cheese Straws


Smoked Cheddar Cheese Straws

We love these! They’re really fast and easy to prepare. Best part? They taste like junk food, but they’re made from real ingredients: butter, cheese, flour, chili pepper. How can you go wrong? I’ve made these several times to have with soup or soup shots. This time I used Smoked Cheddar and they were a big hit.

1 1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) grated Smoked Cheddar cheese (or any other sharp cheese)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces
3/4 cup flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon half-and-half or milk

1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F.

2. In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt and red pepper in short pulses until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the half-and-half and process until the dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds.
process until it forms a ball
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into an 8 – by 10-inch rectangle that is 1/8-inch thick. With a sharp knife (or a pizza cutter), cut the dough into thin 8-inch strips, each about 1/2″ wide. You may need to dip the knife in flour after every few inches to ensure a clean cut. Gently transfer the strips to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, leaving at least 1/4-inch between them. The straws can be any length, from 2 to 10 inches.
roll outcut into strips
4. Bake the straws for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from the oven and set the cookie sheet on a rack to cool.

5. Serve at room temperature. While it’s doubtful there will be any left over, they will keep in the refrigerator, in a sealed container, for two days.

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