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Robert St. John

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

Sesame Cheese Straws

Sesame is a long-time staple of the southern larder and a perfect partner with cheese straws.


1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 tsp salt

1/2  tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted


Preheat oven to 375.

Process all ingredients in a food processor for about 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 4-5 inch straws, one-inch wide, and place on a ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Yield: 60-70 straws

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