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Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Appetizer, Snacks, Southern | 4 comments

Cheese Straws (and stars and crowns and buttons)

Cheese Straws (and stars and crowns and buttons)

Since I’ve been on a such a chocolate baking kick lately I thought I’d break it up a little and make a very Southern tradition, especially around the holidays.  I mean I am loving all the chocolate things I’ve been making lately but a girl can’t live on chocolate alone…or she shouldn’t.  So, I went to the next best thing…cheese.  Just like chocolate, I could easily eat my weight in cheese.  For that reason, I went a little overboard when purchasing my cheeses for my cheese straws.  You’ll see in a minute.  Please don’t judge.

I made some Homemade Pimento Cheese not long ago and it was fabulous so I thought I’d share another very Southern tradition with you also.  Every Southern girl should know how to make a good cheese straw and if you’re really good, you’ll have them on hand to whip out anytime company stops by (even unannounced).  I however, am not one of those girls.  I do know how to make a killer cheese straw.  The traditional variety with sharp cheddar and also different flavors using all kinds of beautiful cheeses but I never want unannounced company…ever.  You will surely find me in either sweats or depending on the time of day, pj’s and you could very possibly find me in the kitchen with flour on my face and sugar in my hair.  I’m not a great spur of the moment hostess.  I do love to entertain but I’m also a planner and I can list an event to death.  Yes, I just used list as a verb.

I also thought it would be fun to make several varieties with all sorts of fun cheeses and cut them in different shapes.  I cut some in straw form but I also used cookie cutters to make stars, buttons and even these cute little crowns.  I bought this crown cookie cutter and sent it to the ladies who were my cookie swap matches and I bought myself one of course. Cute, right?

Cheese straws really are pretty easy.  You just mix up some cheese, cream, butter, flour, a little salt and then roll it out and cut with a fluted roller or cookie cutter and bake.  Here are the cheeses and combinations I chose.  The basic recipe is the same.  I just altered the cheese type.

Cheese selection for cheese straws

I used Shropfordshire which is a cheddar-ish blue variety that’s semi-soft.  These were quite possibly my favorite.

shrapfordshire and cheddar

Pepper jack and white cheddar were wonderful and only slightly spicy.  Next time I think I’d add some jalapeño and red pepper.

pepper jack and white cheddar cheese

I found a beautiful Dill Havarti and added fresh dill to it to give it a stronger flavor along with a nice Gruyere.

dill havarti and gruyere

The next one I used what’s called a Cotswold cheese which is like a chive and soft cheddar.  This was a tie with the Shropfordshire cheese for me.

Cotswold and cheddar cheese

And lastly, I used one of my favorite cheeses ever, Asiago Fresco, a little Parmesan and Bacon.

 

Asiago, parmesan and bacon Normally a cheese straw is just about a quarter inch in width and about 2 inches long.  As you can see I made several shapes but my pastry cutter wasn’t very fluted so the edges look straight.

Different shaped cheese straws Perfect for any holiday get-together or to send home with guests.  I normally keep a few of these Chinese take out containers for this purpose.

take home cheese straws Below I will list the combinations again of each type of cheese straws I made separately from the basic cheese straw recipe so that you can choose any that you like or make up your own!

cheese straws and tea

Cheese Straws (and stars and crowns and buttons)

Ingredients

  • Sharopfordshire 1 1/2 cups and Sharp Cheddar 1 1/2 cups
  • Pepper Jack 2 cups and White Cheddar 1 cup
  • Dill Havarti 2 cups and Gruyere 1 cup
  • Plus 3 tablespoons fresh dill
  • Cotswold 2 cups and Sharp Cheddar 1 cup
  • Asiago Fresco 2 1/2 cups, Parmesan 1/2 cup, 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Basic recipe also includes:
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (adjust according to which cheese you choose)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Blend cheeses and any other ingredients excluding flour until thoroughly combined.
  2. Gradually add flour and beat just until combined.
  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll out to approximately 1/8 in thickness.
  4. Cut with a fluted pastry cutter into 1/4 by 2 inch straws or cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes.
  5. Bake on parchment paper lined baking sheets at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
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What’s your favorite combination?  Which cheese will you pick?  Will you be ready with cheese straws when company pops in? :)

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4 Comments

    • Thanks girl! Some of the cheeses like the Shropforshire was new to me too but I fell in love. It was so good.

  1. Thanks for the recipe! I do want to make these!! Also–impressed with all your cheese purchases. I would be feeling guilty because it’s expensive.
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    • You wouldn’t have to make them all. Pick one or two of your favorite cheeses and go with it. I chose so many because I give them as small hostess gifts.

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