Baked Pimento Cheese Dip

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Recipe by South Your Mouth

Baked Pimento Cheese Dip

8-10 slices bacon

1 pound cheddar cheese (medium or sharp)

1 4-ounce jar pimentos, drained well

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 bunch green onions, diced

1 cup crushed crackers (such as Ritz or Tollhouse)

Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces then cook until crispy. Drain bacon on paper towels. Set aside.

Shred cheese then add to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add cooked bacon, pimentos, mayonnaise, salt, cayenne pepper and garlic then mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Fold in green onions.

Spread cheese mixture evenly into a medium-sized shallow baking dish (I usually use an 8x10 oval dish). Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove dish from oven. If necessary, blot up any excess oil from top using several paper towels. Sometimes I have to do this, sometimes I don’t. I think the difference lies in the quality of the cheese.

Sprinkle crushed crackers evenly on top of cheese and return dish to oven. Bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crackers are golden brown and cheese is bubbly.

Serve with crackers and/or celery sticks.