Make Ahead

Pimento Cheese Straws

February  4, 2016
1 Ratings
Photo by Katherine Hysmith
  • Makes about 4 dozen
Author Notes

like a classy cheez-it with a flair for southern drama. —KC Hysmith

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup pimentos, patted dry and finely diced
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • salt for sprinkling
  1. In a large bowl toss together the pimentos, flour, salt, and mustard powder. Set aside.
  2. To the bowl of a food processor add the cheese and butter and blend until almost perfectly smooth. Gradually add the flour mixture until the two are fully incorporated and resembles orange playdough – fun! Form dough into a rough flat rectangle, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about one hour.
  3. Set the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Sandwich the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll into a large rectangle about 1/8-inch thick. Using a fluted pastry cutter (with the crinkly edges) or a pizza wheel, cut the rectangle into long thin straws, about 1/8- to 1/4-inch wide. Carefully transfer the straws to the lined baking sheet, sprinkle with sea salt, place in the middle of the oven, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crackers are set and the bottoms have just begun to brown. Cool on a wire rack and serve with a crisp beer, or not.

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1 Review

cmcdonn June 29, 2019
These are excellent and super easy. I piped out the dough with a star tip in long strips on a half sheet pan. Chilled, then cut into pieces and baked at 375*.