Pimento Cheese Poppers with Jalapeño Ranch.

These pimento cheese poppers are crispy, cheesy bites that melt in your mouth! Dip in a jalapeño ranch or throw on top of a salad. Like goat cheese poppers, but better?! They are incredibly delish! Let’s make these pimento cheese poppers a THING!!! Okay guys. You are going to have to forgive me. Because I’m […]

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These pimento cheese poppers are crispy, cheesy bites that melt in your mouth! Dip in a jalapeño ranch or throw on top of a salad. Like goat cheese poppers, but better?! They are incredibly delish!

Let’s make these pimento cheese poppers a THING!!!

pimento cheese poppers with jalapeño ranch

Okay guys. You are going to have to forgive me. Because I’m frying dip and serving it with more dip. 

Yes. 

It sounds terrible. But it’s actually wonderful! 

I swear on the moon and the stars and the sky. 

ball of pimento cheese

Last week I told you I had one more recipe utilizing pimento cheese up my sleeve, and here we are! Since the Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, these have arrived just in time. You should definitely make them for the one minute race! 

pimento cheese poppers

I have a little disclaimer for you. This recipe uses my pimento cheese recipe that I shared last week. While I’m rarely particular in what exactly you use in recipes, I highly suggest using my recipe because I know EXACTLY how it will work. Some store bought pimento cheese is delicious, but without knowing the exact consistency, I can’t promise you that these poppers will work. If the pimento cheese is creamier and more mayo-based, these will fall apart as they fry and never work.

If you use my pimento cheese recipe, it is guaranteed to work! 

pimento cheese poppers with jalapeño ranch

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it.

So, I had fried goat cheese on my mind. You know? The wonderful, golden disk of fried cheese that tastes amazing with honey or on a salad? Yes, it was all I could think about.

Except I didn’t have goat cheese. I did have a batch of my pimento cheese in the fridge and figured it HAD to work. 

I love crispy goat cheese so much and could only imagine how good crispy pimento cheese would be. 

Thankfully, I was right. YESSSSSS.

pimento cheese poppers with jalapeño ranch

This recipe is simple, but there are some moving parts. Of course, you need to make the pimento cheese. You also need to roll it into balls and freeze it for a half hour or so. And yes, I do fry it in a bit of oil. You can most likely use the air fryer too. I didn’t test it out, but I have tried goat cheese in the air fryer before and include some instructions below based on that. Winning all around!

pimento cheese poppers with jalapeño ranch

Now what to do with the pimento poppers? Well, you could serve with them a simple honey drizzle. We put the leftovers on a salad and they were INCREDIBLE. I’m talking, so so good. 

Or, you could make this jalapeño ranch! 

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Roasted Broccoli Pimento Cheddar Melts.

These roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts are a lovely little lunch or snack! Toasted sourdough, melty pimento cheese and charred broccoli come together to make the most perfect cheesy, crunchy toast. We love them! These pimento cheese melts are the way to my heart!  They are embarrassingly easy and incredibly delicious. So simple, yet pack […]

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These roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts are a lovely little lunch or snack! Toasted sourdough, melty pimento cheese and charred broccoli come together to make the most perfect cheesy, crunchy toast. We love them!

These pimento cheese melts are the way to my heart! 

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

They are embarrassingly easy and incredibly delicious. So simple, yet pack a big punch.

A big lunch punch?!

Okay I’ll stop. They must find their way into your kitchen this week!

broccoli ready to roast

Last week, I promised you something fantastic with that pimento cheese recipe. And here is number one. A toasty sourdough, charred broccoli, melty, cheesy toast that will brighten your day. It can be a toast or even a crostini bite on little baguette slices. 

pimento cheese

If you find yourself with a plethora of pimento cheese… you have got to use it to make these wonderful melts! Sure, I’ve made pimento cheese grilled cheese before. And it’s super good. Very decadent and melty and wonderful. 

But if you want something slightly simpler and if you want to incorporate a little of that classic broccoli cheddar flavor, this melt will be your new BFF.

Make it into a sandwich, keep it open-faced – whatever you desire!

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts out of the oven

It’s no secret what a fan of roasted broccoli we are in this house. I’ll spare you the ramble of “I just don’t know how it’s possible….” considering I loathed the sight of broccoli a few years ago. But it’s such a staple for us now – and if there is cheddar or any form of cheese involved?

HELLO I am so there.

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

First, we have all sorts of delish flavor going on here. Charred, roasted broccoli. Chewy yet toasted sourdough. All the savory, salty cheesy goodness. It’s a combination that cannot be beat.

Next, we have tons of texture too. The toast! The roasted broccoli! And the the gooey melty cheese. 

It’s an actual treat for your tastebuds.

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

As simple as it may be, it’s such a satisfying little meal. Pair it with a good greens salad or even an extra side of roasted broccoli. It’s filling, tastes wonderful and so super easy to throw together. (more…)

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25 Recipes for Kentucky Derby Weekend!

These are my top 25 favorite (crazy, I know, haha) kentucky derby recipes – all ones that we love so much! Like pimento cheese, mint juleps and a strawberry rose tart just for the Run for the Roses! You can’t go wrong here and can create your own little snacking spread for the race in […]

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These are my top 25 favorite (crazy, I know, haha) kentucky derby recipes – all ones that we love so much! Like pimento cheese, mint juleps and a strawberry rose tart just for the Run for the Roses! You can’t go wrong here and can create your own little snacking spread for the race in May!

Woohoo! Today I’m sharing a bunch of my favorite Kentucky Derby recipes in anticipation of the race next weekend.

25 recipes for kentucky derby weekend!

We love watching The Kentucky Derby and if you’ve been reading forever, then you know Eddie is a huge fan. It might just be his favorite day of the entire year.

I love that we can make a few fun snacks at home and enjoy them for the entire minute or so when the race happens. Ha! No, but really, it’s a fun little micro-holiday (as I like to call them) that we get weirdly excited for and enjoy.

And! If you have a copy of The Pretty Dish, then you know that I have a full derby day menu in there! Super fun with lots of snacks. But I have lots of recipes here on the blog too, so I wanted to share in case you’re partaking in the celebration next Saturday, May 1.

See below for all the goodness! And let me know if you’re making anything fun and delish?

25 Kentucky Derby Recipes

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Our Favorite Pimento Cheese.

This is our favorite pimento cheese recipe ever! Finally in one place for you. My pimento cheese is partially whipped and has so much ridiculously flavor. Perfect for dipping or melting in a grilled cheese. Eeeep!  Oh how I love this wonderful spread! And I’m finally putting my favorite pimento cheese recipe in one place […]

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This is our favorite pimento cheese recipe ever! Finally in one place for you. My pimento cheese is partially whipped and has so much ridiculously flavor. Perfect for dipping or melting in a grilled cheese. Eeeep! 

Oh how I love this wonderful spread!

our favorite pimento cheese

And I’m finally putting my favorite pimento cheese recipe in one place for you!

Over the years, ever since we got into pimento cheese (it was fairly recently, haha – you may remember!), I’ve linked back to one of my random recipes that includes pimento cheese. But you end up having to search for it in the recipe. So here we go! It’s here, in one place. The best of the best. 

cream cheese, cheddar, mayo, pimentos, spices

This is our absolute favorite favorite favorite pimento cheese recipe. Now, of course I do love a version with bacon. Or with candied jalapeños. I love to fancify in a few different ways. But this is our base. This is the base that I make and everyone loves – and then if I want to trash it up somehow, I go from here. 

What I love most about this is that it’s sort of… whipped. And the way I discovered how much we love that?

By complete accident. 

our favorite pimento cheese

For the last few years I’ve made similar versions of this and just mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Occasionally, I use a hand mixer. It never looks gorgeous or appetizing or anything, but it tastes like heaven. And the key is that it’s combined, that’s all we really need.

Then one day, I forgot how to make it and thought I threw the ingredients in the food processor to blend. Ummm… I normally do not. But that is how this wonderful whipped version of pimento cheese was born! 

It’s not fully whipped. I like to keep some of the cheddar out, then fold it into the whipped consistency to keep that classic pimento dip texture. But it’s more whipped than it would be if you just stirred everything together in a bowl. And it is freaking delish! You can see me make it on instagram stories today for a step-by-step.

our favorite pimento cheese

I always love to make recipes using this around kentucky derby time and this year is no different!

I have a few recipes coming up in the next ten days using this pimento cheese, so you might want to make a batch and just stick it in your fridge right now. Swear you won’t regret it! 

our favorite pimento cheese with crackers

If you are new to pimento cheese, it’s amazing served with pretzels or crackers. Basically anything crunchy. Carrots and celery too, if you want to get into the whole veggie thing. It’s so good on a cheeseboard, but also amazing served alone with the dippers. It’s a great thing to have in the fridge if you’re feeling snack too!

Of course, if you’re looking for something to do with extra pimento cheese, I’m your girl. I’ve made cheeseburgers, crispy chicken tacos with pimento cheese, crostini, pimento grilled cheese with pickle slaw, flatbread, grits, chicken quesadillas and chicken salad.

I KNOW. It’s insane. So many options!

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Kentucky Derby Chocolate Bourbon Walnut Pie

Kentucky Derby Chocolate Bourbon Walnut Pie
This wonderfully decadent chocolate-walnut bourbon pie, affectionately known as “derby pie” is a Kentucky tradition! Very similar to pecan pie in taste and texture with the addition of chocolate chips and a g…

Kentucky Derby Chocolate Bourbon Walnut Pie

This wonderfully decadent chocolate-walnut bourbon pie, affectionately known as "derby pie" is a Kentucky tradition! Very similar to pecan pie in taste and texture with the addition of chocolate chips and a good splash of bourbon, this will become a fast favorite.

READ: Kentucky Derby Chocolate Bourbon Walnut Pie

Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake
This old-fashioned Kentucky butter cake is super moist, ultra buttery, and infused with the best butter-sugar sauce. It creates a sugary, crunchy crust that you won’t be able to get enough of!
READ: Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake

This old-fashioned Kentucky butter cake is super moist, ultra buttery, and infused with the best butter-sugar sauce. It creates a sugary, crunchy crust that you won't be able to get enough of!

READ: Kentucky Butter Cake