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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups - finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons - unsalted butter or stick margarine, softened, sliced
  • 3/4 cups - flour, plus a little more
  • 1/2 teaspoons - salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons - crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoons - garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons - milk
  • Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

    2. In a bowl, combine the cheese, flour, salt, red pepper and garlic and stir. Add butter slices and use a pastry blender or fork to "cut" the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the milk and press mixture together until dough can be formed into a ball.

    3. Lightly flour a surface and rolling pin; roll the dough onto the surface in an 8-x-10-inch rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. With a pizza cutter, slice the dough into thin strips, about 1/3-inch wide. Carefully place the strips onto an ungreased cookie sheet and leave at least 1/4 inch between strips. Don't worry if the dough sags or tears as you transfer them; the straws taste great at any length!

    4. Place the cookie sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake the cheese straws for 12-15 minutes or until very lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack.

    5. These are great served at room temperature. Or store them in a sealed container in the fridge for two days (and bring to room temperature before serving).

    Brief Description

    Spicy savory slightly crispy cheese straws for party finger food or serving with soup or salad.

    Main Ingredient:

    cheese

    Category:  Breads

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 15 min
    Cook Time: 15 min

    Source

    adapted from Smitten Kitchen

    Posted By:

    mcarradmin

    Posted On:

    December 18, 2014

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