Since the holidays are around the corner I’m sticking to easy on the wallet appetizers like my buttery, flakey, savoury cheese straws. All that rolled into one delicious snack food.
These melt in your mouth cheese straws will be a hit at any party or even better if you want to enjoy them on your own.
The best part is that you can make these cheese straws ahead of time so that you are not hunting last-minute when company shows up unexpectedly at your door. (we all know that happens over the holidays)
I like to keep the homemade theme in my family as much as possible. Not only are you paying premium for convenience foods but you are missing out on creating traditions for your family.
I find store-bought baked goods have so many ingredients that you don’t want or you can’t pronounce. I prefer to be able to tell everybody exactly what ingredients goes into my recipes and most times people say, “Is that all?”.
Types of Cheese Straws
There are many variations of these delicious cheese straws because you can flavour them up so many ways starting with different types of cheeses to adding spices or even onions and chives.
I like ingredients that make the cheese sticks pop like garlic and herb or jalapeno cheeses as we like it spicy and hot in this house. It’s not to say that you couldn’t put in a cheddar cheese but make sure it’s a strong-tasting one as cheese is the star of this recipe and you don’t want to lose that taste. Cheese such as Parmigiano Regianno, extra-old cheddar or any aged cheeses would be perfect.
I also love to put in a bit of paprika just for that extra kick. Once you mix up the ingredients all you do is roll out the dough and cut it into strips then bake in the oven. It’s that easy!
This cheese straw recipe yields about 50 cheese straws which you can bake then freeze or bake right away. Since they are not deep-fried like other classic cheese sticks they are lower on the calorie scale which is great for a snack.
What we like to do is dip our cheese straws in my homemade sweet and sour red pepper sauce or they would go great as a side to a hot bowl of homemade soup, salads and lovely paired with wine or even cocktails.
If you make your cheese straws spicy you may enjoy serving them with a nice cucumber yogurt feta dipping sauce the same one that Mr.CBB uses for his Mozzarella Falafal balls which are another great holiday appetizer you may want to add as finger foods to your list.
Now these cheese straws can be frozen once baked for up to 6 months so you have plenty of time to make them in advance for upcoming events all year-long. When you need them take out as many cheese straws as your guests can handle, thaw at room temperature or heat them in a warm oven from frozen.
I am also busy making traditional Scotch Eggs but I’ve had a hard time trying to locate quality quail eggs. I want them to be bite size hence the quail eggs. If you are dying to find out what they are or if you want my recipe watch out as they are coming to the blog real soon!
How to make savoury cheese straws
- Makes approx 50
- Oven Temp 230oC/450oF
- Cook Time 10 mins
- Prep Time 10 mins
- ¼ cup butter/margarine
- ¼ cup lard
- 1 cup plain flour sieved
- ½ cup strong Cheddar cheese (grated finely)
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Salt
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 egg seperated (keep white for brushing on top before going into the oven)
- ⅓ cup cold water
- Rub the butter and lard into the flour until the mixture is crumbly.
- Stir in the cheese and seasonings.
- Add the egg yolk and enough cold water to form a dough.
- Roll out the cheese pastry
- Cut into thin strips and place them onto a greased baking tray in the oven for 10 mins
There you have it a make ahead appetizer recipe that won’t bust your budget or have you rushing about the kitchen looking for something to pop in the oven for your guests.
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