Two weeks from now, I will be at my parents' house and we will have celebrated Thanksgiving with my dad's entire family...around 25 people. One of the most favorite appetizers is cheese. As soon as the first relative arrives someone pulls out the cheese.
We don't usually MAKE any special appetizers, but if you do like to make a special appetizer and have someone who likes cheese these would fit the bill! It is a recipe from my mom's family cookbook and is from my Aunt Jean. My dad's mom, my Granny!, had a similar recipe but for cheese sticks instead of rounds.
I made these for one of those many baby showers we've been having at work...and everyone loved them. The expectant mom even went back for more at the end of the shower! So, pull these out at your Thanksgiving celebration and enjoy!
1 stick butter
2 cups grated sharp cheese (I used cheddar)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
Tabasco to taste (I think I used Tony's instead)
Pecan halves (optional)
Blend ingredients together in a bowl. Next shape. There are two options. If you have time, divide the dough into two large balls, then work each into a long roll 1 inch thick. Wrap this in waxed paper or cling wrap and chill. When ready to use, slice into thin discs. Place pecan half on top of each disc.
Other shaping option if you don't have much time (this is obviously the one I used!) if to form the dough in to small balls 1/2-1 inch in size depending on how big you want your cheese rounds.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place your discs or rounds onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!