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Robert St. John

Restaurateur, author, enthusiastic traveler, & world-class eater.

Fiery Cheese Straws

These aren’t as fiery as the name states. Add some more cayenne and watch your guests storm the bar.


1  pound          sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2 cups              all purpose flour, sifted

1 /2  cup          butter, softened

1 /2 tsp            salt

1 /4  tsp           Cayenne pepper

1 /2 tsp            Creole seasoning

1/8 tsp             black pepper

1 tsp                 hot sauce


Preheat oven to 375.

Process all ingredients in a food processor for about 30 seconds, the mixture should form into a ball.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1 /4-inch thickness. Cut into 4-5-inch straws, one-half inch wide, and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Best when served right out of the oven.

Yield: 60-70 straws

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