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Garlic Bites Recipe

These garlic bites are a simple variation on the traditional cheese straws. If you can make pastry then these are very easy.

Garlic bites can be served either as a pre-dinner appetiser or as a party snack.

This recipe makes about 64 garlic bites. That sounds a lot but they disappear quicker than a vampire on midsummer's day!

Recipe

Ingredients

See note on ingredients
4oz (120gm) Self-Raising Flour
2 oz (60gm) Butter
2 oz (60gm) Cheese, grated Use any strong, sharp cheese. Mature cheddar works very well.
For vegetarians, use vegetarian cheese.
2 Cloves Garlic, crushed As always, adjust garlic according to taste
1/2 tsp Dry Mustard Powder
1 Tbsp Cold Water Use a little more or less as needed
Salt
As usual I recommend using organic ingredients wherever possible.


Method

Sift the flour into a bowl. Mix in the mustard powder and the crushed garlic.

Cut the butter and slowly rub into the flour. Add a little cheese now again as you go along. Continue to combine the ingredients, adding a little cold water at the end if necessary to get a nice lump of pastry dough.

Place the pastry in the fridge to rest for 15 minutes or so. Meanwhile heat the oven to 200 C (400 F).

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured board to form a square about 8 inches (16 cm) each side. With a sharp knife divide the pastry into eighths in each direction to give 64 small squares.

Transfer the squares to a greased baking tray, arranging the garlic bites with a little space between them. Grind a little salt across the tops.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

Transfer the garlic bites to an airtight container, they'll keep for a day or two.