Pimento Cheese 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

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!

This fast and easy recipe will be the hit at your next family gathering.

Pimento Bacon Delight
Pimento Cheese Bacon Jelly Appetizer

Ingredients you’ll need to make this appetizer

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

First, this is going to be one of the easiest Pimento Cheese appetizer recipes you’ll find. And the bonus here is you can choose between two different bases and add your favorite Pimento Cheese. If you’re not sure which Pimento Cheese to use I have 2 suggestions below.

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

Phyllo Shells Cooked
Phyllo Shells Cooked

How to make the Pimento Cheese appetizer

Do you like light, flaky layers in a small shell or a crunchy toasted bread. I love both so you’ll have to decide for yourself 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, 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 grocery store.

Pimento Cheese
Palmetto Cheese from Pawleys Island

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

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 was able to find this at WalMart. I also found 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. BUT, neither one is overly spicy. I buy mild salsa and I enjoy them both. The Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam also has a bit of a kick.

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Pimento Bacon Delight
Pimento Cheese Appetizer. The cute lemon table runner can be found here

Here’s a Tip

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

Once you decide on your base, and your pimento cheese, the rest is easy.

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.

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

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 in advance and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Pimento Cheese Appetizer
Pimento Cheese Appetizer

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Pimento Bacon Delight

Pimento Cheese Appetizer

This easy but delicious southern appetizer recipe is made with pimento cheese and hot pepper bacon jam. It has a light kick, and can be served on French bread rounds or in Phyllo Shells.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 4 mins
5 mins
Total Time 9 mins
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 Southern Gold 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 Southern Gold appetizers can be made 2 hours in advance
Keyword Appetizer, Easy, Party, Pimento Cheese, Recipe
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