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Cheese & Hot Pepper Jelly Bites

by elyn_ryn

This is an easy no-bake appetizer that you can quickly put together with pepper jelly, homemade pimento cheese or with your favorite store-bought brand.  For those unfamiliar with pimento cheese, it is a staple food in the Southern United States.  It is used as a spread for sandwiches and also used in many creative ways for appetizers.  Once, while traveling in Hawaii, I went to a grocery store looking for pimento cheese and didn’t see it.  When I asked if they sold it, no one knew what it was!  It is definitely a Southern food, but what might be surprising to Southerners is that pimento cheese was first created in the Northern United States.  (Click here for the Serious Eats Story on the History of Pimento Cheese.) However, Southerners have definitely perfected the recipe.  Now you can find it prepared many ways such as with smoked flavors and hot peppers.

For this appetizer recipe, a basic original pimento cheese works best with the pepper jelly.  This appetizer combines sweet and savory flavors together in one bite that will leave your guests wanting more.  The bacon pieces sprinkled on top are the perfect topping but can be left off for vegetarian eaters. (Click here to jump to the recipe.)

This recipe includes instructions for a homemade pimento cheese and uses home-cooked bacon.  The pepper jelly is store bought.

Mini fillo shells are usually found in the freezer section of the grocery store.  They can be frozen for longer-term storage or kept sealed in the box at room temperature.   Click here to order online.

To keep the shells crisp, add the fillings close to the time you plan to serve them.  I have eaten refrigerated leftovers the next day that were crispy and fine, but this appetizer is best when it is freshly made. Enjoy!

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Pimento Cheese & Pepper Jelly Appetizers
Fillo shells with pimento cheese and pepper jelly topping
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0
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Pimento Cheese Ingredients
Appetizer Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0
Servings
Ingredients
Pimento Cheese Ingredients
Appetizer Ingredients
Votes: 4
Rating: 4.5
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Instructions
Directions for Pimento Cheese
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the shredded cheeses, sugar, vinegar, and chopped pimento. Stir to distribute ingredients throughout cheeses.
  2. Add 2/3 cup of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of reserved liquid from chopped pimentos to cheese mixture and stir well. Add additional mayonnaise and/or pimento juice as needed to create a cheese mixture that is loose and easy to stir. Once refrigerated, the mixture will stiffen and will need stirring before using.
Directions for Appetizers
  1. Remove mini fillo shells from the box. There is no need to thaw them.
  2. With a small spoon, place pimento cheese in the shell until mostly filled. Gently, pack the pimento cheese into the shell and leave a slight well to help hold the pepper jelly.
  3. With another spoon, place a small amount of pepper jelly on top of the pimento cheese. It should come to the top of the shell but not spilling over.
  4. Sprinkle a few pieces of chopped bacon on top of the pepper jelly. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You can substitute pre-shredded packaged cheese but the flavor and texture will be a little different from freshly shredded cheese. If using packaged cheese substitute 2 cups for each cheese and use a more finely-shredded cheese.

Click here for the online source of mini fillo shells that I used.

I used Trader Joe's Pepper Jelly but other brands will work just as well. An average-sized jar will leave you with plenty left over to use later.  Click here to buy Trader Joe's brand and here for Stonewall Kitchen Red Pepper Jelly.

Any leftover pimento cheese can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for about two weeks. This pimento cheese recipe will have enough leftover for another appetizer making.

 

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