Holiday entertaining isn’t over yet. Are you ready for New Year’s Eve? I’ve got a couple of recipes utilizing the versatility of pimento cheese to cover you for a tasty appetizer and an easy dinner to enjoy before heading out for the night.
Pimento cheese is a staple in southern households (I have learned this since living in Texas) and it’s really quite versatile. You can eat it straight out of the refrigerator, with a spoon, for a quick cheesy snack, or you can cook with it to make any number of delicious dishes.
I’m working with a long time southern pimento cheese company, Price’s, for this post.
I’ve come up with a couple of easy holiday recipes using Price’s pimento cheese. The first is a warm appetizer that you can serve at your New Year’s eve party. This recipe really couldn’t get much easier either. It calls for 2 ingredients: Price’s spicy jalapeño pimento cheese and chorizo sausage. All you need to do to make this pimento cheese appetizer is cook the chorizo, drain the fat, scoop the pimento cheese into a oven safe container, top with chorizo and bake. Done and done. How easy is that?
The resulting dip is cheesy, spicy and oh so addicting I recommend you make two batches.
The second recipe I have for you is a pimento cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped chicken breast. This is a great dinner recipe to make if you’re going out for New Year’s eve. You want something hot and filling, but not heavy.
I love how easy it is to make this dish and how complex the flavors are for something with only three ingredients in it. Yes, this post has two recipes that only take a total of five ingredients to make. I call that a winner.
One of the nice things about this dinner recipe is that it’s all cooked in the oven. No stove top cooking is involved at all. You can cook the bacon AND crisp it up all at the same time without making a total mess out of your kitchen. It’s also great because the melted cheese inside the the chicken melts and sort of becomes a sauce for the whole dish. All this and still just three simple ingredients.
A little bit about Price’s pimento cheese…
Price’s has been around since the 1950’s when it was made in the kitchen of Weldon and Mildred Price. Their southern style pimento cheese is mayonnaise based and comes in original or spicy jalapeño flavors.
- 9 ounces chorizo sausage
- 12 ounces Prices' spicy jalapeño pimento cheese
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook the chorizo, over medium heat, until cooked through and beginning to brown.
- Remove chorizo to paper towel lined plate, to remove most of the fat.
- Spoon pimento cheese into an oven safe dish.
- Top with at least half of the chorizo.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- 4 chicken breasts
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 12 ounce container Price's pimento cheese
- 8 strips Great Value applewood smoked bacon
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lay chicken breast between 2 pieces of waxed paper and use a meat mallet to pound to between ¼" and ½" thick. Do this for all of the chicken breasts.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper on one side of the chicken breasts.
- Fill each chicken breast with 2-3 tablespoons of pimento cheese. Place the cheese in the center of the breasts.
- Roll the narrow end of the chicken breast over the cheese and continue to roll the chicken around the pimento cheese. Do this for all of the chicken.
- Hold the chicken with the seam side down and begin wrapping the chicken in bacon with the end of the bacon on top of the chicken (this way the bacon strip wraps over the seam of the chicken and helps to hold it together). Continue wrapping the bacon like this with the second piece of bacon.
- Wrap all the chicken with the bacon and place with the chicken seam side down in a 9x13 pan.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes (the juices should run clear when chicken is done cooking).
- Place under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp up the bacon.
- Remove from oven.
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