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pimento & cheese bacon tarts

Recipe by
Cathie Valentine
Graniteville, SC

Being from South Carolina, we love our pimento cheese! This is an easy recipe that is a crowd please. The assembly is the time consuming part, so put the family to work!! These mini tarts are packed with flavor for their size.

yield 30 (2 tarts each)
prep time 40 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For pimento & cheese bacon tarts

  • 20 oz
    container of pimento cheese
  • 8 oz
    block of softened cream cheese
  • 1 jar
    red or green pepper jelly
  • 1 jar
    real bacon bits
  • 4 pkg
    phyllo shells (15 per pack) found in freezer section near frozen pie shells

How To Make pimento & cheese bacon tarts

  • 1
    Place jar of pepper jelly in a double boiler to melt. Line the phyllo cups on 2 cookie sheets. Next take the softened cream cheese and incorporate into the pimento cheese. (The cream cheese stands up to heat better than mayonnaise and the pimento cheese won't soak through the tart as easily).
  • 2
    To assemble the tarts, fill each tart with pimento cheese mixture, drizzle the melted pepper jelly over the pimento cheese then place some real bacon bits on top.
  • 3
    Cook in preheated 350* oven for 6-7 minutes. These should be served warm. This will make 60 tarts. You can make more or less depending on the size of crowd you are serving,
  • 4
    Note, this is the easy version.. I usually make my own pimento cheese with cream cheese and cheddar cheese as the star, Using cream cheese cuts down the amount of mayonnaise you need to use to hold your mixture together and it won't soak through the tarts as easily!
  • 5
    I found some delicious real bacon pieces In a Bag at Sams* Super Store. I had to make 180 of these tarts for a retirement Party. These bacon bits are delicious!

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