16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter, cubed and chilled
6-8 tablespoons beer- - lager, ale, or bock preferred
1 egg, beaten
Begin by making the pimento cheese filling.[br]
In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, beer, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Mix with a hand mixer on medium low speed until very smooth. If you prefer, you can use a blender for this step.[br]
Add the shredded cheese and mix to combine, then add the drained pimentos and mix well. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
While the pimento cheese chills, prepare the pastry.[br]
In a large bowl whisk the flour, salt, and sugar until thoroughly combined. Add the cubed butter and, with your fingers, work the butter into the flour until most of the butter is worked in and only a few pea sized pieces remain.[br]
Add the beer, starting with 6 tablespoons and adding more a tablespoon at a time as needed. Mix with a spoon until the dough forms a rough ball.[br]
Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and press the dough into a rough rectangle. Fold the dough in half and repeat three more times or until smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.[br]
Once chilled divide the dough in half. Roll out half of the dough on a lightly floured surface until ⅛-inch thick. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut as many rounds from the dough as you can. Reserve the scraps to be re-rolled one additional time. Repeat with the remaining dough.[br]
Scoop the filling by rounded teaspoons onto the dough. Brush the egg wash along the edge of the pastry rounds and fold carefully in half, pressing out any excess air. Crimp the edges with a fork and cut a small air vent into the top of each pie. Place on a parchment lined backing sheet, cover with plastic, and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Heat the oven to 375 F.[br]
Brush the chilled pies with egg wash and bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil the pies for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown. The cheese may leak from the pies, that is ok.
Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe by Baking and Cooking Blog - Evil Shenanigans at http://www.evilshenanigans.com/2013/08/pimento-beer-cheese-pie-bites/