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  • Spicy Cheese Sticks
  • Spicy Cheese Sticks
  • Spicy Cheese Sticks

Spicy Cheese Sticks

Food | November 29, 2016 | Nik Manojlovich
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These SPICY CHEESE STICKS are always a hit at cocktail parties or casual get-togethers. Flaky, buttery, cheesy, spicy – double the recipe because they go fast!

People often ask for my suggestions on what to serve at cocktail parties, and this is one recipe that always comes to mind. I love serving something that checks off many boxes.

Here’s what SPICY CHEESE STICKS provide:

1) FRESH-BAKED GOODNESS – I like cutting the sticks out in advance and setting them aside on a baking tray. Once guests arrive, I pop them in the oven, and within minutes I have a warm and tasty hors d’oeuvre ready to offer.

2) SIMPLE SERVICE – There’s no need to worry about plates or cutlery with these three-bite beauties; a simple cocktail napkin is all you need. People devour them within seconds – no fuss, no muss.

3) COCKTAILS ANYONE? – They are the perfect munchie to serve with cocktails, and I often fill a glass with them and place it right on the beverage station.

4) CHANGE IS GOOD – The recipe allows for ingredient substitutions that change up the flavours. Experiment with different cheeses and herbs each time you make them.

The recipe is easy to prepare. Sometimes I whip up the dough for these SPICY CHEESE STICKS weeks before a party since it can be frozen for up to three months. Having the dough on hand is often a lifesaver.

Serve something homemade and delicious at your next cocktail party or celebratory get-together. SPICY CHEESE STICKS are fantastic!

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Ingredients & Amounts

  • cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh-chopped herbs such as chive, tarragon or rosemary
  • 2 cups of hard cheese, grated
  • 8 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 6 tablespoons of 35% cream
  • additional flour for pastry board

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place flour, salt, cayenne pepper, herbs and cheese in a food processor fitted with a hook attachment. Pulse until cheese is coated with flour.
  2. Add the butter and tomato paste and pulse until it has the consistency of small pea-sized crumbs. Add the cream and pulse until the dough forms.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to a ½” thickness. Trim edges of dough to create a rectangle.
  4. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into long strips, and transfer onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit before serving.
Listen on MUSIC

Listening to great music is an important part of every Weekend at the Cottage! While preparing this recipe I listened to COCKTAIL PARTY JAZZ one of my favourite albums for whenever we entertain. Head to iTunes to download this music to your collection.

 

Nik Manojlovich

Nik is the creator, host and brains behind Weekend at the Cottage. He loves sharing his wisdom and experience about the things that interest him most.

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