Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini

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  • Servings: Makes 3 cups or 40 crostini
  • Time(Other): Plus 2 hr chilling


  • 2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp orange cheddar cheese
  • One 7-ounce jar pimientos, drained and finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 40 slices baguette, toasted
  • 4 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

How to make this recipe

  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.

Contributed By Photo © Burcu Avsar Published December 2009

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