Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cheddar Cornmeal Sticks

I can't wait to pair these up with chili.

2 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease baking sheets; set aside. In a large bowl, combine shredded cheese and butter; let stand until room temperature (about 1 hour). Beat with an electric mixer until well mixed. Stir in flour, cornmeal, salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Divide dough in half.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each dough half into a 12x4-inch rectangle. Using a sharp knife, slice dough into 4x1/2-inch pieces.
3. Place dough pieces 1/2 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake about 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack; cool. Makes 48 crackers.
4. Bake Ahead: Prepare, bake, and cool crackers as directed. Layer crackers between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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