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Smoked Pimiento Cheese Crostini

Pimiento cheese has long been a favorite in our family, so these bite-sized appetizers are a treat! I add Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce to give them a little kick. Caramelized onions create another layer of flavor. You can make the cheese and onions three to five days in advance; they store well. If you need to save time, you can use premade jalapeno pimiento cheese. —Caitlyn Bunch, Trenton, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 48 slices French bread baguette (1/4 inch thick)
  • CARAMELIZED ONIONS:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash dried rosemary, crushed
  • Dash dried thyme
  • PIMIENTO CHEESE:
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 jars (4 ounces each) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 9 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Place bread on baking sheets. Bake 4-6 minutes or until light brown.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until softened. Stir in broth, vinegar, sugar and seasonings. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 12-15 minutes or until liquid is evaporated, stirring occasionally.
  • In a large bowl, toss cheeses; beat in mayonnaise, pimientos, Worcestershire sauce, pepper sauce and seasonings. Spread 1 tablespoon mixture over each baguette slice; top with 2 teaspoons onion mixture. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 appetizer: 87 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Meredith
    May 12, 2020

    This was better than expected. I made half the recipe and spread it over toasted French bread. I didn't use the thyme, rosemary or hot pepper sauce. For the vinegar, I used 1 teaspoon (instead of 1 1/2 teaspoon for a half recipe). Very good.

  • MamaMeese
    Sep 2, 2019

    I made these for a Labor Day cookout and they were a hit! The entire tray was gone within minutes. The combination of cheeses paired with the saltiness of the bacon and pimientos was amazing. Plus the tartness of the caramelized onions was a bonus. I highly recommend making this the next time you have a crowd!

  • Aquarelle
    Jun 17, 2019

    I really don't entertain much, so I have no reason to make 4 dozen crostini. But I thought the cheese spread recipe sounded intriguing and decided to make it and try it out as a grilled cheese sandwich filling. I used Hormel real bacon bits. It was really excellent, maybe a little spicier than we normally like, but my husband loved it.

  • Prasanth
    Jun 6, 2019

    Love this recipe