Fried Pimento Cheese Bites

Fried Pimento Cheese Bites @menumusings.com

Ingredients:

These ingredients just expand to the amount of product you are making.

  • Pimento cheese spread
  • White bread
    • one of the few times it's allowed in our house
  • Hot and Spicy Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Oil for frying
  • Optional - ranch dressing for dipping 

Written Method:

First things first. If you are making your own pimento cheese, my personal opinion is that it tastes best if you make it a day ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  That gives all the flavors time to marry together.  Secondly, I know that you hardly EVER see me using sliced white bread, but this is the traditional way of serving pimento cheese, so that's how we are are gonna do this.  The white sandwich bread is also the most square in shape of all the sliced breads, and that is going to be important in this recipe.  


Alright.  Full disclosure, I didn't measure a thing after the initial preparation of the pimento cheese spread.  I made that up on the preceding day.   You'll want to take it out and allow it to warm up enough to spread.   Next, cut the crusts off.  This gives us a pretty, square edge.  The crust also has a different texture and the crumbs won't adhere as well. Cut the sandwich into four small squares.  They may look small, but I assure you, they will be rich, so each is plenty big for an appetizer bite.  We're gonna use these Hot and Spicy Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers for the coating.  Don't worry, they aren't that spicy, but the little bit of extra kick does help balance out the richness of all the cheese.


Don't be mad at me, but here again, I didn't measure.  I just sort of made up a standard egg wash.  A couple of eggs and some milk.  I probably used maybe... 1/4 cup of milk? **Feeling a little bit on the wild side?  Add an extra dash or two of Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce to the egg batter to really get your party rocking! Get that all whisked together. Meanwhile, you can sort of see in the background, I had kitchen elves helping me to crunch up the cheese crackers.  You can put them in a ziptop bag and have someone pound the with a skillet or rolling pin, or just crunch them by hand.  It doesn't matter.  You can even throw them in a food processor if you really don't want to get your hands messy.  But if you do have small kids around, they find this part a lot of fun.   


Okay, quickly dip the sandwich squares in the egg wash, then press to coat into the cracker crumbs. In the egg wash, don't leave them too long or it will be too soggy.  In the crumbs... really PRESS them into the bread.  Now we have these pretty, golden cubes that we can either fry now or put into the fridge for frying later. 


To fry, heat canola or peanut oil to 350 degrees F in a heavy pot.  Lower the sandwiches slowly into the oil and fry briefly - around 1 - 2 minutes until a coppery color, turning once in the oil.  Drain on paper towels and serve hot.  Optional - serve with ranch dressing to dip in.