I don't know about you, but the proximity of Christmas is starting to make me nervous. Not only am I only on my
fourth fifth appetizer of the season, but I add a new gift recipient to my list every day and I still haven't done any shopping. Talk about holiday stress! Thankfully my calendar is clear from now until the holidays, so I can get some cooking, baking, shopping, wrapping, and maybe even some ice skating crossed off the list.
Spicy Cheese Straws
perfectly wonderful as is
from smitten kitchen
In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt and red pepper and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the half-and-half and process until the dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds. (We also used the food processor to grate the cheese, using the grater attachment.)
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into an 8- by 10-inch rectangle that is 1/8-inch thick. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into thin strips at your desired length, each 1/4- to 1/3-inch wide. Gently transfer the strips to an ungreased cookie sheet, leaving at least 1/4-inch between them. (They will puff up!)