Let's face it. Cheese has gotten a bad rap over the past several years. Dairy as a whole became a trigger word for nutritionists this year. We were warned about the "dangers" of dairy in our diets and challenged to avoid it whenever possible. 😬 I've survived for a quite a while without drinking cows milk but let's be honest - I'm pretty sure I my body would somehow retaliate without cheese. Kidding - sort of. 🤷🏻♀️🧀
What's a football game without a giant platter of nachos smothered in melty cheese? How do you eat bowl of pasta without a hearty dusting of parmesan? How do you warm up on a cold February day without a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup? I can't even picture my life without cheese. Parmesan, gruyere, asiago, mascarpone, burrata - the list of my cheese favorites, goes on and on.
Making cheese straws is a fairly simple process and I really don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get on board. It's a relatively straightforward recipe that requires only a few basic ingredients. Also, I live in Georgia and I'm pretty sure that NOT making cheese straws is grounds for removal from the South. 😂
Even though I was late to the game, I've quickly become a cheese straw fan. They're a great little crispy treat to pair with wine or fruit and they’re a nice little snack to serve in my jar-cuterie. 🤣 Now that I know how to make them, I'm coming up with all kinds of excuses and reasons to make another batch.
2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups flour
8 Tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into 8 pieces
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 Tablespoons ice water
Now that I’ve successfully made exactly one batch of cheese straws, I have complete confidence in my cheese straw ability. 😅I feel like I’m ready to tackle some serious cheese straw challenges. I can make them lactose and dairy free for my friends and family with sensitive stomachs. I could make a batch using Gouda or Gruyere. There’s just no end to the possibilities.
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