Cheese, walnuts and a hint of heat from cayenne make a tasty, easy to snack on appetizer. This dough recipe is very versatile, experiment with your favourite cheese and spice to create a unique taste each time. This recipe makes 27 straws.
3 tbsp. room temperature butter
⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. kosher salt
¾ c. flour
¼ c. chopped walnuts
3 ½ oz. grated medium Gouda
4 tbsp. cold water
Into the bowl of a food processor, add in the first seven ingredients and pulse to combine. Slowly add the water until the dough comes together into a ball.
Form the dough into a rectangle and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for no less than one hour and up to four days.
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Generously flour your work surface and roll out the dough into a (14 x10-inch) rectangle, keeping it about an eighth of an inch thick. Using either a knife or a pastry cutter, trim the ragged edges off. Cut the dough into strips that are 10 inches long by a half-inch wide.
Place the strips on the prepared baking pan, twist the ends in the opposite direction for
a spiral cheese straw.
Sprinkle with poppy seeds or flaky sea salt and bake for 8-10 minutes until the straws are brown and crispy.
Cool completely and serve.
These straws will keep in an airtight container for a week.