Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 mins
Better ingredients and a simpler process make these cheese straws something you will want to make more than a few times a year! The key to making this simple is by dumping everything into the food processor bowl and try not to over do it! Generally only process until the ingredients are combined, especially for tender pastries like this one. Family, guests, me and the kids all love these. You will never buy those store bought ones again! Adapted from the New York Times. COOKS NOTE: I wish I could review this myself, we just made a double batch with the kids for Xmas Eve snacks, and they are AWESOME!
- 1⁄2 lb cheddar cheese, flavorful cheese or 1⁄2 lb other hard flavorful cheese
- 1⁄3 lb parmesan cheese
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 pinch cayenne
- 1⁄2 cup chilled butter, cut into chunks, plus a bit more to grease the baking sheet
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ice water (or as needed)
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt, as needed (optional)
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Grate cheese by hand or in food processor and place in bowl.
- Pulse flour, cayenne in food processor.
- Add butter and process until butter and flour are combined.
- Pulse in cheese.
- Turn out onto counter or cutting board and knead by hand, adding a few drops of ice water if necessary (you can wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 days, taking it out about a half hour before proceeding).
- Roll out into a rectangle about a 1/4 inch thick, on a lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, then cut into 1/2 inch wide strips as long as you like.
- Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, if using.
- Bake until golden brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.
We thought these were alright. They were good with some ranch on the side. To be fair, it could have been because I couldn't quite mix it all in my mini food processor, so I had to do the last bit by hand. I'll try these again later when I can use my mom's full size processor. Thanks for recipe!