I'm always on the look for great snacks. I have to, my kids eat all day long ( I have two teenagers in the house) and because potato chips and other supermarket snacks don't make my grocery list I have to find alternatives. That's one of the reasons I was so happy when I found this recipe, in one of my cooking books " Gifts from the kitchen" by Ann Kleinberg.
Very cheesy and crispy, those were an instant hit with my boys. Now I make double the recipe every time. Those straws keep in an air tight container for up to one month ( not in my house).
The recipe that follows is for about 22 to 25 straws, as I said I made double the recipe which makes about 50.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese grated ( 225 g)
4 oz parmesan cheese (100 g)
1 cup all purpose flour sifted
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl, on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Add the grated cheddar cheese.
Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
After 3 hours remove the dough from the fridge, line 2 baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper set aside. Divide the dough into 1 inch balls.
Roll each ball into a long thin strip. My little chef had lots of fun making those.
Place the straws on the prepared baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven of 425˚F for about 12 minutes, or until golden and crisp.
Cool on a rack, once cool store in a air tight container.
Can be served as an appetizer, or as a snack.