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Pimento Cheese and Bacon Crostini.
© Burcu Avsar

Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini

  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN Plus 2 hr chilling
  • SERVINGS: Makes 3 cups or 40 crostini
  • BASIC-EASY
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Down Home with the Neelys has inventive recipes like these irresistible crostini.

  1. 2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
  2. 2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp orange cheddar cheese
  3. One 7-ounce jar pimientos, drained and finely chopped
  4. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. Cayenne pepper
  8. 40 slices baguette, toasted
  9. 4 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
  1. In a mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the white and orange cheddar cheeses. Add the chopped pimentos, mayonnaise, black pepper and garlic powder; blend at low speed. Season the pimento cheese with cayenne pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400° Spread the pimento cheese on the toasts, top with the bacon and bake until the cheese is melted and browned, about 2 minutes. Serve.
Make Ahead The pimento cheese can be prepared through step 1 and refrigerated for up to 3 days.