Oh man, are these good! These cheese straws are cheesy, a little spicy, and totally addictive. And they're easy to make too. Mix up a batch tout de suite and you will not be sorry!
1 1/2 c. grated sharp Cheddar cheese
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces
3/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. milk (I used half and half)
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt and red pepper in five 5-second pulses until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs (this took five pulses for me). Add the milk and process until the dough forms a ball, about 10 seconds (this took more like twenty seconds for me).
On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into an 8- by 10-inch rectangle that is 1/8-inch thick. With a sharp knife (I used a pizza wheel, dipping it in flour), cut the dough into thin 8-inch strips, 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.
Bake the straws on the middle rack for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from the oven and set the cookie sheet on a rack to cool. Serve at room temperature.
We ate the entire batch at once!