Cheese Sables - a great little appetizer
These cheesy little triangles melt in your mouth. They are delicate and flakey and can be made in a snap with ingredients you probably always have on hand. The cayenne pepper gives them zip and makes all the difference.I recently rediscovered the recipe when I found a notebook with handwritten recipes from my teenage years. I believe the original recipe came from a Penguin book on Cordon Bleu cooking.
3oz (just under one cup) of flour
3 oz (6 tbsp) butter (I used salted)
3 oz grated cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
a pinch of salt
1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
milk as needed
Preheat the oven to 375. Sift the flour, salt, and cayenne pepper into a mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the grated cheese and form into a dough. If the dough won't hold together, use tiny amount of milk to form a workable dough. On a floured board, roll out the dough to 1/8 " thickness. Cut the dough into 2" x 2" squares, then cut each square diagonally to form two triangles. Place on a flat baking tray (ungreased) and bake for 10 minutes, until light gold. Allow to cool for 2 minutes, then serve.
Makes 40-50. These are best eaten immediately!