Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Cheese Straws

1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons frozen unsalted butter, grated
1 cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 cup ice water, plus more for sprinkling
Coarse salt

1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Butter a large baking sheet.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and grated butter. Add the cheeses and mix, using your hands, until well combined. Stir in the water. On a clean, floured work surface, knead the dough until smooth, sprinkling in a few drops of ice water if the dough is too dry. Shape into a disk.

3. Roll out the disk to form a large rectangle (about 9 by 12 inches and 1/4 inch thick). Cut 1/2-inch strips from the longer side, then cut those in half to form 6-inch strips. Sprinkle the cheese straws with salt, transfer to the baking sheet with a spatula and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

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