Cheese straws are a tasty snack that are not only healthy but are enjoyed by the entire family. This delightful snack is excellent for picnics or parties as you can make a large quantity for your guests. Making cheese straws is not that difficult as it doesn't take a lot of time and the ingredients are easy to get.
Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded - 8 oz
Salt - ¾ tsp
Flour - 2 cups
Cayenne pepper - 1 tsp
Butter, room temperature - ¾ cups
Consider setting the oven temperature to about 350 degrees.
Wait for it to reach the required temperature. This may take 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the oven.
Now clean and rinse a bowl or a dish and add cheese, salt and cayenne to it.
Blend the ingredients thoroughly until the mixture achieves a smooth texture.
Gradually add flour to the ingredients and continue to blend to make sure it is dissolved uniformly but do not beat the dough too much.
Start pouring the mixture into the cookie press canister about 75 percent full.
Append the star shaped disc to squeeze the dough through.
You can use any disc that you want as the goal is to get a nice pattern to enhance the overall look of the cheese sticks.
Put the remaining dough into the fridge until you are ready to use it.
Follow the pressing instructions to form long strips of dough and place them on lined baking sheets.
If possible, cut each strip into two pieces to ensure they are evenly cooked.
Bake the long strips of cheese mixture for about 10 minutes.
Remove the cheese straws from the oven when they are yellowish brown in colour and allow them to cool on wire racks.
Your cheese straws are now ready.
You can add different flavours or spices to add a unique twist to this recipe.