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Catholic Recipe: Paprika Cheese Straws


  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup finely grated American cheese (or cheddar cheese)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • paprika
  • Details

  • Yield: 90 straws
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin:

These "straws" are part of the suggested menu for New Year's Eve Midnight Menu, accompanying the game hens.


Mix and sift flour, baking powder, and salt; cut in shortening and cheese until mixture is like coarse corn meal. Add milk; mix well. Roll pastry 1/8 inch thick; sprinkle generously with paprika; cut into strips about 3 inches long and 1/4 inch wide. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 425° for 5 to 7 minutes. Makes about 90.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
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