Uncork the wine, because party season is officially here! Today we’re taking a recipe straight from the Southern hostess herself — my great Aunt Bee. When she sent me her recipe for 3-Ingredient Cheese Straws appetizers, I instantly knew that the little bites would be a huge hit. With sharp cheddar cheese straws, creamy pimento cheese, and crunchy toasted pecans, they’re a simple, easy combination of the South’s finest foods!
My mom raised me with cheese straws, pimento cheese (her fave!), and pecans. But oh lawdy, I’ve never had them all together in one bite!
Let me tell you — this is snacking at its best, and I can’t think of a better finger food to pair with a glass of wine this season!
Whether it’s Christmas, New Year’s, or an office potluck, odds are good that you will be attending (or hosting) a festive gathering in the coming weeks.
If you need an easy, prep-ahead option that doesn’t require an oven or warming for serving, these little bites of Cheese Straw Heaven are just what you’ve been looking for!
And since Aunt Bee is the queen of taking a few high-quality ingredients and turning them into a fancy-looking feast, you better believe that these are incredibly easy to assemble.
There’s no baking necessary, so if you can spread cheese on a cracker, you’re basically good to go!
You know what these cheese straws appetizers remind me of? Those round cheese balls that you often see on holiday spreads at this time of year, where the cream cheese mixture is rolled in a coating of chopped nuts. That’s basically what’s going on here, but they’re much easier to assemble, and even easier to eat!
If you’re holding a glass of wine, the last thing you want to do is fiddle with a giant cheese ball, spreading it on a cracker, or smearing cheese all over your fingers. These are poppable one-or-two-bite snacks that your guests can easily grab off of the tray.
Sure, you can make your own cheese straws from scratch if you’re feeling really ambitious, but that’s not how Aunt Bee does it (so that’s definitely not how I’m going to do it)!
Instead, she purchases a package of tasty little cheese straws from the local grocery store, along with some prepared pimento cheese at the deli. Then it’s just a matter of toasting and chopping the pecans in order to get these appetizers pulled together! I use my mini prep food processor to quickly chop the nuts (you want them very fine so that they will easily stick on the pimento cheese).
These are the cheese straws that I can buy locally, so that’s what I use. If your grocery store sells a different brand, then your cheese straws may be a slightly different size (which just means that you’ll use slightly more pimento cheese and pecans per bite).
The recipe measurements are merely approximations, based on the products that I used. You can scale the ingredients up or down to accommodate the size of your party.
For instance, if you and your best friend are getting together to drink wine, eat snacks, and watch corny Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, you might just need a few of these appetizers.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to feed your entire neighborhood at the holiday Open House, I would suggest preparing a full box (or two) of the cheese straws. Just adjust as necessary!
You can’t beat a 3-ingredient “recipe” to keep your hostess duties simple, and Aunt Bee’s Southern Cheese Straws are sure to be the hit at your next festive fete!
AUNT BEE’S 3-INGREDIENT SOUTHERN CHEESE STRAWS APPETIZERS
Aunt Bee's 3-Ingredient Southern Cheese Straws Appetizers
- 16 prepared cheese straws
- 6 tablespoons prepared pimento cheese
- 3 teaspoons toasted pecans finely chopped
- Spread 1 teaspoon of pimento cheese on the flat side of a cheese straw.
- Place pecans in a shallow bowl.
- Lightly press the pimento cheese into the pecans, and place on a serving tray.
- Repeat with remaining cheese straws.
- If prepping ahead, cover tray and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
Note: The ingredient measurements are approximations. Depending on the size of your cheese straws, you may need more or less pimento cheese and pecans on each bite. You can increase the recipe to feed as many guests as you like.
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