Cheese Straws

I've had this recipe tucked away in my family cookbook for several years. I found it originally in the New York Times and I've been meaning to make it ever since. I was headed to a Super Bowl party so I thought these would be perfect. These cheese straws have a bold cheddar flavor with light, crispy bite. They turned out flakey, crispy and packed full of cheese flavor.

1/2 lb cheddar cheese
1/3 lb Parmesan cheese
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
pinch cayenne
8 tablespoons chilled butter
4 tablespoons ice water, if needed

Preheat oven to 450
grate cheese by hand and place in a bowl. Pulse flour, mustard and cayenne in processor. Add butter and process untill butter and flour are combined. Pulse in cheese. Turn out onto counter and knead by hand, adding a few drops of ice water if neccessary. Roll out into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. on a lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of parchment, then cut into 1/2 inch strips as longs as you like. Bake on parchment paper for 5-8 minutes untill golden brown. Be sure not to over bake them because they will become bitter and off flavor.
Yield: at least ten servings.


Fiber said...

Just printed this off and will definitely be making these very soon!

Anonymous said...

Just printed this out and will be making later this week!
Best, Carol

Tarah said...

Ohh, I am so making these! Thanks for the recipe!

Emiline said...

This is perfect for the Superbowl. I mean, who could resist em'?
I am addicted to cheese straws, and that is not good for me.

MrsPresley said...

yum! who knew these would be so easy to make?!

i just joined the DB this month too, just checking out everyone else's blogs, wanted to say hello :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, I was at this superbowl party and ate about a pound of these. They were a hit. Without these sticks of goodness I wouldn't have made it all the way through the game.

Anonymous said...

Hi - I am certainly glad to discover this. Good job!