Pimento Cheese Crostini for the Kentucky Derby

Pimento Cheese is a Southern staple for which every family has their own recipe. This particular recipe is one I’ve toyed with a bit over the years, and it highlights the virtues of the dish. The addition of Cream Cheese adds a little dimension and tang to the spread, and incorporating it into a quick hot appetizer makes a lovely finger food for your Derby gathering.

8 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 4 ounce jar of Pimentos, drained
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
1 French Baguette
1/2 pound Bacon, cut into bits

Procedure: Mix first six ingredients in mixing bowl until well-incorporated.
Cut Baguette into thin slices
Lightly toast Baguette slices under broiler on one side
Once cooled, spread thin layer (about 1 tablespoon) of Pimento Cheese Spread on each slice
Sprinkle 2 – 3 Bacon Bits on top of each Crostini
Place under high broiler for 1 – 2 minutes, or until Pimento Cheese begins to melt and slightly bubble.

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