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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cheese Straws - three times as cheesy - serve with soup or as a Super Bowl snack with beverages

It's a dreary day here in Tennessee with promises of freezing rain and sleet a little later. These will go great with soup or while watching TV by the fire.
Southern tradition dictates that cheese straws are served at most celebrations. The perfect accompaniment to a cocktail, cold beer, or your favorite wine while watching the ballgames - these hors d'oeuvres also go well with soups on a chilly night or as a simple snack.
3/4 pound extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded at room temperature
1/4 pound Asiago cheese, shredded at room temperature
1/4 pound Havarti cheese, shredded at room temperature
1-1/2 sticks butter, at room temperature
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream cheese and butter. Add dry ingredients and mix well with electric mixer. Use a cookie press and push dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Put dough the entire length of sheet and cut into desired lengths after baking. Bake for about 20 minutes, do not brown
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