Thursday, December 16, 2010

Magic Wand Sticks

My kids are more than slightly obsessed with Harry Potter.  I even bought them their own wands and they now run around casting spells on one another.  So imagine their surprise when I told them I had wands they could eat!
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped salami, turkey pepperoni or fully cooked ham
3/4 cup milk
Ketchup, mustard, pizza sauce or cheese dip, if desired

Heat oven to 450ºF. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture is crumbly. Stir in cheese and salami. Stir in just enough milk until a soft dough forms.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead gently 10 times. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Pat dough into 8-inch square; cut square in half. Cut each half crosswise into 1-inch strips. (For crisper sticks, arrange strips to have about 1-inch space between them.)

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or cool with ketchup, mustard, pizza sauce or cheese dip.

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