There were so many great dishes, but these Bacon Pimento Cheese Bites from Anne Lanier were the winning recipe. They’re the perfect bite of sweet and salty and are amazingly easy to prepare.
Even though her original recipe was a cinch, I’ve updated a little here to make it even simpler.
Her recipe calls for cooking the bacon and crumbling it. I’ve subbed the 15 pieces of bacon she called for for a package of chopped bacon pieces from the grocery store. They have dramatically improved the flavor and texture of the precooked stuff over the past few years and it’s a perfect substitution when you don’t want to have to cook (and clean up after) bacon.
She also calls for Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze as the topping with the bacon. Some may find this difficult to locate, so I’ve switched that out for some melted mild green pepper jelly. I find the flavor to be similar and the jelly is much easier to find. But if you can find the glaze, I certainly recommend it!
With the holidays coming up, it would be great to have all the ingredients on hand so you can turn out some of these quickly and easily when company drops by! Y’all enjoy!
Bacon Pimento Cheese Bites
- 2 (1.9-ounce) (15-count) mini fillo shells
- 1 (3.5-ounce) package chopped real bacon pieces
- 3/4 cup prepared pimento cheese (I like Palmetto Cheese brand)
- 1/2 cup mild green pepper jelly, melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Fill each mini fillo shell with 1 teaspoon pimento cheese. Drizzle with about 1/2 teaspoon of the melted pepper jelly. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of the bacon crumbles over the top each.
- Transfer to baking sheet and bake 5-8 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 30 appetizers.