When it comes to Gran’s recipes, often what I have to go on is a memory of what she used to make. Often they come up in the strangest times.
I was talking to Mom about some meat pies that I had made for Mr. Ginge, when she recalled these sticks that her mom used to make.
Gran was well known for her pies. Come the holidays she would always make a huge assortment; lemon meringue, raisin, blueberry, apple, peach, cherry, you name it it was probably there. One of my fondest memories was that as long as you ate your supper, you basically could go back indefinitely for pieces of pie. I’d wolf down my supper then rush back into the kitchen and then into the laundry room ( she had acres of counter space in there. She made LOTS of pies) and choose my slice of pie. Usually blueberry or lemon, sometimes chocolate or raisin ( I was a weird kid).
Mom remembers her cheese sticks more than the pie. It was a treat that her whole family would look forward to. Since Gran would make so many pies at once, she was often left with some pastry. She would gather it all up and roll it up with some cheddar cheese then bake it for a bit. When the kitchen smelled of baking cheese, they would be pulled out. Grandpa would take his share, and Mom and her brothers would be allowed two sticks each. Mom also remembers fighting over them, particularly if someone ended up with an end piece versus a middle piece.
Since I had some left over crust from making meat pies, I decided to make them for her. Her reaction?
“It feels weird to be able to eat more than just two!”
Gran’s Cheese Sticks
- 1 9″ unbaked pie crust
- 1 c sharp cheddar cheese ( like old or extra old)
- pinch of salt.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly dust a sheet pan with flour.
- On a floured surface, roll out your dough to about 1/8″/3mm thick.
- Sprinkle the top with the shredded cheese, then fold the dough in half, then half again.
- Roll the dough out again to an 1/8″/ 3mm, then transfer to a baking sheet. Sprinkle the top with salt then cut into strips.
- Bake for about 10 minutes. The dough will only be very lightly brown and slightly puffy.
- Let cool a little bit on the pan, then enjoy!