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 frying dip and serving it with more dip.
It sounds terrible. But it’s actually wonderful!
I swear on the moon and the stars and the sky.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.