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!
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
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.
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.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to a ½” thickness. Trim edges of dough to create a rectangle.
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.
Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit before serving.
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.
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