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Sunday, October 17, 2010

I love Halloween and I love cheese.  I also love creeping my husband out when I bring him a plate of food - that I had been slaving away at for, I don't know.. 40 minutes... and it's these nasty looking fingers. You'll typically find cheddar witch's fingers with blanched almonds as the nails, but I didn't have any, so I had to improvise. I'm kind of glad that I did, because these pistachios, cut in half, look awesome. I totally forgot to make some thumbs though, so my completed hand (see below) doesn't look totally proportional. Serve with some spiced up ketchup for that devilish Halloween look.

Cheddar Witch's Fingers
Adapted from 
Yield: Makes about 30 crackers

5  tablespoons  butter
1/4  pound  (about 1 cup packed) shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (I used Grafton Classic Reserve Two-Year cheddar)
3/4  cup  all-purpose flour
2  tablespoons  cornmeal
1  large egg
15 shelled and peeled pistachios

1. In a food processor or bowl, whirl or rub together butter, cheese, flour, and cornmeal until the mixture has the texture of wet sand. Add egg and whirl or stir with a fork until dough holds together.

2. Scrape dough onto a sheet of cooking paper or parchment, 12 to 14 in. wide and about 14 in. long. Top with another equal-sized sheet of paper and pat dough into a 1/2-in.-thick circle. Wrap in plastic and freeze 15 minutes, or refrigerate up to 3 days.

3. Roll dough into a rectangle about 8 in. wide and 10 in. long, working carefully to avoid creases in paper. Return to freezer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°.

4. Peel off top paper and use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 30 strips, each about 1/2 in. thick and 5 in. long. Place each strip on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt to taste, then use your fingers to round the top of each strip into a fingertip shape. Use a sharp knife to score shallow "knuckle" lines in each finger, then press a pistachio "nail" into the tip. If you like, bend each finger in places to make it look knobby.

5. Bake the fingers until an even light brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.


Lana said...


October 17, 2010 at 8:50 PM
Linda said...

I love Halloween too! Nice job they look great.

October 19, 2010 at 3:55 PM

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