I think I've found my "go-to" recipe for an appetizer, and I've made it my own! OK, I found the original on Pinterest, but after making it a number of times, I've added something and subtracted something else, and now it is uniquely mine! I also have perfected the rolling out and slicing of the coins, and no one can make them as small and petite as I can! Plus, I don't think I'll ever get tired of the taste! So what if I eat the most of them every time I serve them now? Isn't that THE POINT?? Ha!
Look at these lovely little golden coins of cheesiness -- the picture is making my mouth water! So, without further ado, the recipe:
· 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
· 1 tablespoon grainy mustard (I use German-style)
· 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
· 1 teaspoon Cancale N. 11 (Fleur de Sel, orange, fennel seed) (or kosher salt)
· ½ pound sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (about 2½ cups) (I use white cheddar)
· 1 cup self rising flour
Using an electric mixer at low speed, mix the butter with mustard, fennel seeds and salt. (Since I don’t have an electric mixer, I do this by hand. Makes for easier clean-up!) Add cheddar and continue to mix. Slowly mix in flour. Transfer to sheet of wax paper and form a log, about ½ to 1½ inches in diameter. Wrap and chill thoroughly, preferably overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice into ¼-inch slices and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.
Makes about four dozen