Chilli Cheese Straws

Chilli Cheese Straws

A traditional party food but also a great snack.  When Kay makes these, they literally last nano-seconds. A real family favourite and so easy to make!

Ingredients : chilli cheese straws
  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g butter
  • 175g Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

To make : 

1) Using a mortar and pestle, crush the mustard seeds to form a powder.
2) In a mixing bowl, sieve the flour, chilli powder, cumin and mustard powder. Add the butter and mash together to a breadcrumb consistency
3) Grate the cheese and separate 50g in a different bowl.
4) Add the majority part of the cheese, grated nutmeg and tomato puree to the mixing bowl and mix well to form a dough.  Add a trickle of water if needbe.
5) On a floured surface, roll out the dough about 1/2 cm.  Sprinkle over the remaining cheese and cut into strips about an inch wide.  You can leave the strips plain or twist them for a more interesting effect.
6) Place the strips on a non-stick baking tray and cook in a preheated oven at 200'c/Gas Mark 6 for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
7) Allow to cool a little  and serve on their own or with a dollop of chilli jam.

**Best eaten warm but if you are making them to eat later, leave them to crisp up in a cool oven (100C) before removing to an air-tight container – this stops them from softening.

For chilli heat, we'd recommend a medium heat chilli such as Cayenne.  We've tried it with hotter varieties and it works but too extreme, overpowers the other ingredients.
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