Pimento Cheese Croquettes

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Author Notes: Sharp cheddar pimento cheese bread with panko breadcrumbs and pan-fried. Served with a pepper jelly vinaigrette and candied pecans.Chefbaltz

Serves 12

Pimento Cheese

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups sharp shredded yellow or white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder or minced fresh garlic
  • 1.2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces drained pimentos
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup oil, for frying
  • 1 cup store bought or homemade candied pecan halves

Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup red pepper jelly
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, depending on how tart you like it
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the pimento cheese (except for the panko, oil for frying, and pecans) until smooth.
  2. Form the pimento cheese into 1-2 inch balls or discs and coat with the panko.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the ingredients for the Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette; chill.
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet and fry the pimento cheese croquettes until brown on all sides (about 2-3 minutes).
  6. Drain the croquettes on paper towels and serve with the pepper jelly vinaigrette and candied pecans on a platter, individual plates, or on top of mixed greens.
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over 3 years ago Chefbaltz

for some reason i can't edit this recipe and there seem to be a couple of typos. it's 1/2 tsp. onion powder. it should also say "breaded" with panko in the chef's notes. does anyone know how to edit? i've hit the link under "my recipes" where it says to "click here to edit this recipe" but there isn't a way to do it.


over 3 years ago EmilyC

I would love to snack on these at any party!