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Cheese Straws

September 26, 2008

We’re heading to Virginia for a family reunion this weekend.  Since we can’t take anything that needs to be refrigerated, I decided to make cheese straws.  These are a Southern tradition.  In the South, they say you’re not legally married if you don’t have cheese straws at your wedding reception.  I got this recipe from a dear friend in Opelika (which is right next to Auburn) and I think it’s one of the best out there – these cheese straws are melt in your mouth delicious.  One of the secrets is to use a low protein flour – I use White Lily.  I use a coarse Microplane grater to grate the cheese.  These freeze extremely well.  Here’s the recipe:

1 stick unsalted butter

½ cup shortening

1 package sharp Cracker Barrel cheese, grated fine

2½ cups White Lily all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Start with all ingredients at room temperature.  Mix butter and shortening until soft.  Add cheese, mixing well.  (Sift flour before measuring, then sift with other dry ingredients.) Add the rest of the ingredients, gradually.  Mix well.  Refrigerate dough at least 20 minutes.  Pipe onto cookie sheet using pastry bag with open star tip.  (You can make them a different shape if you want, but you may have to adjust baking time.)  Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes.  Do not brown.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. stacybuckeye permalink
    September 26, 2008 8:12 am

    Have fun at your reunion 🙂

  2. September 26, 2008 8:27 am

    Have fun this weekend!!

  3. September 26, 2008 8:37 am

    Oh, how much do I love this post! No Southern woman worth her salt is without a good cheese straw recipe. The cayenne pepper is critical.

    Have a great time!

  4. September 26, 2008 9:44 am

    I’ve never had cheese straws, but there’s cheese in it, so I’m there! Thanks for the recipe! Have fun at the reunion!

  5. September 26, 2008 10:57 am

    Hi, you will be iin my neighbourhood, Virginia. I am on the Eastern Shore or as the people like to call it here “The land that time forgot”

    Have a wonderful time

  6. September 26, 2008 11:10 am

    But why are they called straws if they don’t look like straws??

  7. September 26, 2008 11:19 am

    Technically, mine would be cheese stars, but in the South, they’re all cheese straws.

  8. September 26, 2008 12:23 pm

    hey.. that looks awesome.. maybe i should just send you my address so you can ship me a batch of that yummy straws! yeah.. i agree with softdrink.. they don’t look like straws.. so why call them that??:)

  9. September 26, 2008 1:11 pm

    I love cheese straws. My MIL makes hers version every Christmas and I always look forward to them. Your recipe looks really yummy. I need a press to make them look as nice as yours.

  10. September 26, 2008 4:12 pm

    those look awesome! have a great time at your reunion!

  11. September 26, 2008 6:41 pm

    Oh, cool, a recipe for cheese straws! Thank you! I live in the South, but just because of the Idiot I Married (not happy with him, this week). We were obviously not married properly, so I can leave now. Except, is Oklahoma the South? Everyone around here seems to think I’m a Yankee. I keep telling them Oklahoma was Indian Territory during the Civil War, but they just don’t get it.

  12. September 26, 2008 11:56 pm

    Sounds so yummy!


  13. SANDY permalink
    September 27, 2008 12:13 am

    yummy..have fun

  14. September 27, 2008 1:03 am

    Yum! Those look as if they would just melt in your mouth.

  15. September 28, 2008 4:37 pm

    Cheese! My favorite food group! Have a great time. Those look tasty!

  16. September 29, 2008 11:00 am

    I’ve never heard of this – clueless one. Sounds yummy, though! Wonder if I can actually do it?

  17. September 29, 2008 11:31 pm

    Oh, those look sooooo good! I envy your cooking abilities!

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