Cheese Straws With Smoked Apple Butter and Summer Squash

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Here is a standout hors d'oeuvre idea with a fun presentation. The preparation comes together pretty quickly, especially if you make the cheese straws in advance. These tasty treats will go fast, so be prepared with back-ups.  

Ingredients

cheese straws, approximately 4 or 5 inches in length (recommendation: Smitten Kitchen's recipe)
Jar Sessions smoked apple butter
summer squash, very thinly sliced (mandoline or knife) into 4-inch or 5-inch strips
fresh lemon juice
olive oil
salt and pepper

 
 

 
 

Directions

  1. Prepare the cheese straws and let cool.
  2. Season the squash strips with salt and pepper, then sear on one side in a hot, lightly oiled skillet. Remove immediately. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and drizzle a bit of olive oil over the squash.
  3. Open your jar of smoked apple butter and pour into a bowl.
  4. To assemble, dip a cheese straw into the apple butter to coat the top couple of inches. Wrap one strip of the squash around the coated part of the cheese straw and place on a serving dish. Continue to dip and wrap, dip and wrap, dip and wrap.