Baked Pimento Cheese Appetizers

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Baked Pimento Cheese Appetizers

A Southern delight is enjoying a Pimento cheese sandwich. From church potlucks, to family gatherings, to baby showers Pimento Cheese is served. I took a classic and made it into a warm and crispy treat with a warm strawberry dip.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup refrigerated pimento cheese (from a 12 ounce container)
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on package
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup Strawberry Preserves
  • 1 Tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl add pimento cheese and bacon; stir until combined. Set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Working with one pie crust at a time. Unroll pie crust onto work surface. Roll crust into a 12 inch circle, using a 3 inch round cookie cutter, cut 8 circles from each crust rerolling dough if needed.
  3. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of pimento cheese filling in the middle of each circle. Fold dough over filling; do not press down or seal; with fingers gently pinch sides next to filled center and push inward making a “+” shape. Gently fit rangoons in 16 ungreased mini muffin cups; sprinkle with pecans. Bake 13 minutes or until cheese has melted and crust is light brown. Allow to slightly cool in pan 2 minutes for the cheese to set.
  4. Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, combine preserves, with water; cook uncovered in microwave on high 10 to 15 seconds or until preserves have thinned and heated thoroughly; stir.
  5. To serve, remove warm rangoons from pan; place on a serving platter and serve with warm strawberry dip.

Notes

Nuts can be omitted. A precooked packaged bacon can be used to save time.
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Yield: 8 servings
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