Cheese Straws

Thursday, March 02, 2006

I made cheese straws this week - they turned out *so* unbelievably yummy.

This recipe makes about 80 mini cheese straws, so there's plenty to give out to friends, too.

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated (I just grated the cheese in my Cuisinart)
1-1/2 c. flour (all-purpose, I like White Lily)
8 tbsp butter, softened
2 egg yolks, beaten
hot sauce (use as much or as little as you like...I like them a little hot)

Preheat the oven to 400*. Take two baking sheets, and cover each with parchment paper.

Grate cheese in Cuisinart:

Add flour, then butter. Once that's mixed in well, add the egg yolks, hot sauce, and salt. Keep mixing for another minute or so:

At this point, either put the mixture into a pastry bag with a star or other pretty tip, or use a ziploc bag and cut a small/medium-size hole out of one of the bottom corners:

Squeeze the mixture out onto your prepared baking sheet. You can make long cheese straws - I like these little mini ones:

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes:

Plate them and serve immediately - they're *so good* when they're hot:

Oh yum!

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