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Robert St. John

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

Mild Mississippi Cheese Straws

This is the best cheese-straw recipe ever created. When served fresh out of the oven they can’t be beat. Add a little extra cayenne to make them even better than the best.


1 /2 pound       sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 /2 pound       white cheddar, shredded

2 cups              all purpose flour, sifted

1 /2 cup           butter, softened

1 tsp                salt

1 /8 tsp            cayenne pepper

1 /8 tsp            black pepper, freshly ground


Preheat oven to 375.

Process all ingredients in a food processor for 30 seconds, or until the mixture forms a ball.

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

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

Yield: 60-70 straws

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