No party is complete without the classic cheese straw. A tasty combination of butter and cheese gets an added kick with cayenne pepper, making them a crowd-pleasing appetizer or snack.
1 lb. cheddar cheese
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
8 Tbs. butter, plus a little for greasing the pan
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Grate cheese. Sift flour, salt, cayenne and mustard into large bowl.
Cut in butter and mix until fully combined (this can be done in a food processor).
Stir in cheese and then knead with hands until batter comes together. If necessary, add small amount of ice water.
Roll into ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes (this can be done up to two days in advance of cooking).
When dough is chilled, roll to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into strips about 1/2 inch wide. Twist the dough.
Place on slightly greased baking sheet and bake until golden, about eight to 10 minutes.
These can be served room temperature or warm, and can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.