Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Savoury Rosemary Cheese Straws

Who doesn't love a quick and delicious appetizer to make at this time of the year. Especially one that can be made ahead of time and smells as good as these Savoury Rosemary Cheese Straws do as they come out of the oven. Buttery, cheesy and fragrant, these flavourful little biscuits have a lovely sharp bite, thanks to the aged cheddar, fresh rosemary and hit of cayenne. Don't worry about storing them, they won't last that long!

Rosemary Cheese Straws

1 1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp cayenne
2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 tbsp whole milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt, cayenne and rosemary and blend briefly until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Try a little bit and season to taste. Then add the milk and process until the dough forms a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to an 8"x10" rectangle. With a large knife, cut the dough into 1/4" wide strips and as long as you like! Dust the dough with more flour if needed.

Transfer the strips to the baking sheet, leaving at least 1/4-inch between them.

Bake 12-15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from the oven and set the cookie sheet on a rack to cool.