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Pimento Beer Cheese Pie Bites
Posted By Kelly On August 13, 2013 @ 12:01 pm In Appetizers and Dips,Baking,Beer,Beer,Featured Articles,Pastry,Pies and Tarts,Recipes | 5 Comments
Do you prefer sweet or savory?
It has been a little while since I posted something savory. As much as I love sweets, I love savory more! When I was little I used to love savory appetizers and bite-sized treats – especially if they feature cheese! My mother used to make cheese crackers during the holidays that I would start anticipating from the moment the Thanksgiving turkey hit the oven. When I would go out to brunch with my grandmother I would pass up the miniature cinnamon rolls – a favorite of most girls my age – for mini-quiches stuffed with bacon, red peppers, and sharp cheddar cheese. As an adult I still gravitate toward the cheesy nibbles before the sweet treats. So, when I developed a craving for pimento cheese, beer, and buttery pie crust I gave in to it. Believe me when I say these hit the spot!
Pimento cheese has long been a favorite of mine. I have used it in grilled cheese sandwiches in the past, and now I am using it to stuff a buttery, beer flavored pastry with creamy, beer flavored pimento cheese. Here are a few things to know about this recipe. To keep the pimento cheese filling from breaking into an oily mess, which can happen when heated, I reduced the mayonnaise and added some extra cream cheese. It keeps things creamy without loosing the tang of traditional pimento cheese spread. Use a beer that is not too heavy – a lager, ale or bock is best – so the favor of the beer does not overwhelm everything else. If you are not a fan of beer, or you do not want to feed a beer laced snack to the kids, simply omit it. Replace the beer int he pastry with water, and skip the beer in the pimento cheese. If you choose to change the cheeses, and you can if you want, do not use more than half cheddar. It tends to break when heated, so mix it with cheeses that melt well to keep things smooth. These can be made up and frozen before baking so they are ready whenever the need for a cheesy snack arises. Simply brush with beaten egg and bake as directed, adding an extra minute to the baking time.
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