Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cheese Straws - Gluten Free

I got this recipe years and years ago from a co-worker, and I adapted the recipe to be gluten-free. (For the original recipe just substitute all the flours with 1 cup wheat flour and leave out the xanthan gum)
These cheese straws are really delicious -- good served alone as a snack or with a salad or soup.
With wheat flour the dough is much easier to twist into staws, but do the best you can with the gluten-free dough, it handles quite well.

1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1/4 cup potato starch
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup grated cheese
1 tsp worchestershire sauce in 3 Tbsp water
1. Combine flour , salt and cheese in a bowl
2. cut in butter
3 add cold water - more if necessary to make easily handled dough\
4. Roll into a thin sheet (using sweet rice flour on rolling surface)
5. cut into 5"x1/2" strips and twist each strip.
6. put on pan and chill in refrigerator for 1/2 hour or more.
7. Bake at 450' about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
These are very good... no one would guess they are gluten-free!!


  1. We don't have a problem with gluten here, but I might just give them a try. Sounds like the rice flour might make them a little "lighter"?

    Who doesn't love cheese straws!

  2. I am so pleased you shared this with us. It is just what I needed.

  3. to make them the "regular" way, do you still add the tapico (did you mean tapioca) startch and potato startch? I use so many recipes from this site. Thanks so much for your work in posting them.

  4. May I have the recipe for the broccoli salad that is also in the picture? It looks really good too!

  5. Thanks for pointing out the typo, Lorri..and I've clarified the flour substitution. It is 1 cup of reg. wheat flour for all the gluten free flours.

  6. Dear Annonymous.. e-mail me personally and I'll be happy to send you the recipe for the broccoli salad... juliefrompearls@gmail.com
    (I just checked and was surprised it isn't in our recipe file we'll have to include it - its my favorite salad)

  7. Hi and I just wanted to say my "gift" arrived and it is beautiful...I don't know what to do with it...most certainly won't be used as a "pot holder" holder LOL...but I will think of something...!!!!! happy day and God Bless...hugs...Ora in KY

  8. Great recipe again Julie. I will pass it on to friends of mine. Hey...I have a link to MGCC blog on my blog but wish to have a separate link to just the Gluten Free Page under my GF section....Not sure why but it doesn't update with the 'latest' posts for GF. Any idea why?

  9. Julie,
    Do these freeze well once they are baked? Or can I freeze the twists before I bake them and then take them out of the freezer and bake them from frozen?

  10. Karen, I haven't frozen them... but I would think much better to freeze them before baking...so you can have them fresh out of the oven. When you make them how about just freezing a few before baking the rest.

  11. oh great gluten free recipe tweeted this one nice blog

  12. What a versatile side dish...and gluten free is a bonus. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I love this recipe and will try it! Sounds great!

  14. These look wonderful, Julie! It's so good that there are more gluten free choices - and you make them look so good! I'm sure they are too!

  15. My Mom used to make something similar to these. I will have to try them!

  16. I love these! They are so good with tomato soup! Yum!

  17. Hi Julie, I took a gamble and twisted the dough and then froze them. Took them out of the freezer on Sunday morning, baked them, served them at our newcomers lunch at church (there are lots of people who can't have wheat or gluten at our church!) and they were a hit! Went perfect with the homemade soups! Thank you so much for your yummy options!
    I didn't have any leftovers to freeze! Go figure!

  18. Oh I love these! Might just have to go on the New Years Eve snack list!

  19. Another great gluten-free 'bread' recipe. Thank you!



  21. Anonymous ... Worshestershire (especially in Canada) contains malt vinegar .. but there are some that are GF.. The easiest if to find one of the recipes online and make your own !

  22. I don't know about Canada, but in the US, French's Worcestershire sauce is GF. I called the company while I was standing there in the store, they have great customer service.