This is a quick and easy appetizer to prepare. You can make the pimento cheese mixture a day ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator because it is actually better on the second day!
Preparing the Bread
The bread should be made the day you are going to serve it. It is easy to prepare with the most time-consuming task being slicing the bread!
- Saute the garlic for a few seconds in olive oil until aromatic. This will also impart garlic flavor to the oil.
- For a shortcut, use minced garlic from a jar.
- Brush the bread slices with the garlic oil making sure you place the cooked garlic on the bread too.
- Bake the bread for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Let the bread cook while you make the topping.
Making the Topping
To make the topping, you just stir all the ingredients together. Here are some tips to follow:
- When making the topping, soften the cream cheese first by letting it come to room temperature ahead of time or by heating it for a few seconds in the microwave on the defrost setting.
- Use canned pimento peppers in a jar and not fresh peppers for this recipe.
- For best taste and results, shred the cheese from a block.
- If you make the topping a day ahead of time, store it in the refrigerator. When ready to use it, place it in the microwave on defrost for 10-20 seconds, checking it after the first 10 seconds. Heating the topping will make it soft and easy to spread.
Quick Cooking the Bacon
I use a microwave to cook the bacon which is an easy method that will let you prepare other things while it cooks.
- Place a paper towel on a microwave-safe dinner plate to absorb the grease during cooking.
- Place raw bacon slices side by side, but not overlapping. (Do not use precooked bacon.)
- Cover with another paper towel to prevent grease splatters.
- Cook on high. If you have five slices of bacon on the plate, then cook for 5 minutes. The number of cooking minutes is usually the same as the number of slices you are cooking. I have had a similar experience with different microwaves; however, reduce the time by one minute the first time you cook bacon to see how quickly your microwave cooks it.
- Do not flip the slices. If, at the end of the cooking time, the middle slices are not as crispy as the outer slices, remove the cooked bacon from the plate and move the partially cooked slices to the outer sides of the plate and cook for 30-second intervals until crispy.
- If you use thick-cut or very thin-sliced bacon, the cooking time may vary.