Pimento Cheese Appetizer

3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make

As a former-Northeasterner-turned Southerner, I wanted to create a fabulous appetizer for a party but hadn’t a clue what might be a party-pleaser. Enter: Pimento cheese! Everyone loves it, but I never tried this creamy and slightly spicy delicacy till I moved South–and then I became a believer!

3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make
3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make

The pimento cheese appetizer has become an irreplaceable staple in gatherings among family and friends. It is cherished for its rich flavors and nostalgic appeal. As the creamy blend of sharp cheddar, sweet pimentos, and subtle spices excites the taste buds, laughter fills the air. Its presence on the table is met with gleeful anticipation, symbolizing shared memories and cherished traditions.

The love for this simple yet comforting appetizer grows stronger with every gathering, weaving into cherished moments and lasting connections.

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Ingredients you’ll need to make Pimento Cheese Appetizer

Pimento Bacon Delight Ingredients
Pimento Cheese Appetizer Ingredients
Phyllo Shells
Phyllo Shells

First, choose between two different bases. I usually use Phyllo Shells, but I pick up a bag of garlic toast at my local supermarket when in a hurry.

Second, you get to use your favorite Pimento Cheese. If you need help deciding which Pimento Cheese to use, I have two suggestions below.

The topping is the third reason this will be the best appetizer you’ll ever make. The Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam is SCRUMPTIOUS!!!! Put it all together, and you will have happy friends and family!

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How to make the Pimento Cheese appetizer

Phyllo Shells Cooked
Phyllo Shells Cooked

Do you like light, flaky layers in a small shell or crunchy toasted bread? I love both, so you must decide which bottom you want to use. If you can’t decide, make them both, I did at my last party!

If you go for the light, flaky layers, place the phyllo shells on a baking sheet and bake per the instructions for about 3 – 5 minutes. Put them on the stove or a rack to cool.

Pimento Cheese Appetizer Toasted French Rounds
Pimento Cheese Appetizer Toasted French Rounds

If you go for the crispy toasted bread bottom, pick up a package of toasted French Bread Rounds in the bakery section of your supermarket.

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Next, choose your Pimento Cheese. I’m all about ‘quick’. With a job, family, pets, and blog, I rarely cook from scratch. There are hundreds of recipes for Pimento Cheese, but why cook from scratch when there are excellent options at the supermarket.

My two favorite store-bought Pimento Cheeses are Pawleys Island Palmetto Cheese and MyThreeSons.

Pimento Cheese
Palmetto Cheese from Pawleys Island

Southern Living Taste Test – Pimento Cheese

The Palmetto Cheese Spread by Pawleys Island Specialty Foods was the top contender in a taste test posted by Southern Living and written by Zoe Denenberg. Originating in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, this specialty cheese is now sold in 49 states at over 9,200 locations. I found this at Walmart; this brand is a bit spicier than MyThreeSons.

Pimento Cheese
Pimento Cheese

MyThreeSons Pimento Cheese Emily’s Original was bought at Publix. It is a bit milder than the Palmetto Cheese from Pawleys Island. Both are slightly spicy, and I’m a mild salsa girl and enjoy them. The Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam also has a kick.

3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make
3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make

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Take the pimento cheese out of the refrigerator about 45 minutes before you use it. It will soften up and will become easier to spread.

The rest is easy once you decide on your base and pimento cheese.

For Phyllo: place the Phyllo shells on a serving platter and spoon in the Pimento Cheese. Then, add a dollop of the Terrapin Ridge hot pepper bacon jam to the top of each appetizer.

3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make
3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make

For French Bread Rounds, spread the top of the bread with Pimento Cheese. Add a dollop of Terrapin Ridge hot pepper bacon jam to each toast. Done! You can make this appetizer 2 hours before and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Party Appetizers
Party Appetizers – Pimento Cheese on French Bread Rounds are on the left, Charcutier Board to the right. Behind the Pimento Cheese appetizers are the Easy Crab Spread and Prosciutto and Melon

Pimento cheese is a timeless and versatile appetizer that effortlessly elevates any gathering or meal. Its rich history and Southern roots add a touch of tradition to modern menus. At the same time, its creamy texture and bold flavors never fail to captivate taste buds.

So, the next time you want to impress guests or treat yourself to a delightful snack, consider indulging in the irresistible charm of this pimento cheese appetizer. This true classic never goes out of style.

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Pimento Bacon Delight

3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make

The next time you want to impress guests or treat yourself to a delightful snack, consider indulging in the irresistible charm of this pimento cheese appetizer. This true classic never goes out of style.
4.67 from 3 votes
Cook Time 4 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Course Appetizer, Happy Hour
Cuisine American
Servings 30 Appetizers

Ingredients
  

  • 1 20 oz Pimento Cheese My two favorites are MyThreeSons and Palmetto Cheese Spread by Pawleys Island
  • 1 10.5 oz Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam
  • 2 Packages Phyllo Shells Or 1 Package of French Bread Rounds

Instructions
 

Phyllo Shells Appetizer

  • Place the Phyllo Shells from 2 boxes on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 3 – 4 minutes
  • While the Phyllo Shells are cooling, take the pimento cheese out of the refrigerator to come to room temperature
  • When the shells are cool, fill them with Pimento Cheese
  • Add a dollop of Hot Pepper Bacon Jam to the top
  • These Pimento Cheese appetizers can be made 2 hours in advance

French Bread Rounds Appetizer

  • Take the pimento cheese out of the refrigerator to come to room temperature
  • Spread each French Bread Round with Pimento Cheese
  • Add a dollop of Hot Pepper Bacon Jam to the top
  • These Pimento Cheese appetizers can be made 2 hours in advance
Keyword Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer, Easy Appetizers, Easy Party Appetizers, Easy Pimento Cheese Appetizer Ideas, Pimento Cheese Appetizer Recipes, Southern Pimento Cheese Appetizer
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2 Comments

  1. Southerners are raised on pimento cheese and it always amazes me that recipes call for pre-made.
    PC is the easiest to make and so much better than the pre-packaged.
    You will need:
    1lb shredded cheese (whatever kind you like. I prefer sharp cheddar.)
    1 Small jar Pimentos
    Mayonnaise

    Mix cheese and pimentos then add a tablespoon of mayo and mix. Continue to add mayo until it reaches the consistency that you like.
    (Taste as you mix) Store in the refrigerator for a couple of hours and it’s ready. I love a good pimento cheese sandwich.
    So easy and so fresh!

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