Party Panache, Pimiento Cheese Canapes


Pimiento Cheese is practically a staple in the South

Let’s use it to make some unexpected pairings

for an assortment of canapes





I like to make a straight forward Pimiento Cheese,

Sharp cheddar, White Cheddar, pimientos and mayonnaise

{Duke’s of course}

You can use your recipe, a purchased pimiento cheese, or my recipe below





A tray of canapes for a pimiento cheese lover’s delight!





Let’s take a closer look…

Fritos Scoops filled with pimiento cheese





Crisp romaine lettuce and pimiento cheese





Bacon topped with pimiento cheese





Celery stuffed with pimiento cheese





Cucumber rounds topped with pimiento cheese and a Butter Pecan





Salami cups filled with pimiento cheese topped with green onion





I couldn’t pick a favorite, these are all so good!





To make salami cups,

pan fry salami pieces until fat is rendered

and the edges begin to crisp





Pat quickly with a paper towel and immediately place slices into a mini muffin tin,

folding as needed to fit and making a bowl shape





Let cool, and remove





Ready for filling!





If these are going to sit out for a while, place platter on a bed of ice to keep the cheese mixture safe





These not only make great appetizers,

but a lovely light lunch or snack


Pimiento Cheese Canapes

  • Servings: varied
  • Difficulty: easy
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 Pimiento cheese*

Pimiento Cheese, prepared the way you like it or purchased from store

celery sticks

crispy bacon pieces

cucumber slices

Fritos Scoop corn chips

crisp romaine lettuce pieces

salami slices, made into cups**

sliced green onions and pecans*** for garnish

Fill or spread celery, bacon, cucumber, corn chips, lettuce and salami cups with pimiento cheese and garnish as desired.  Can be assembled ahead of time and refrigerated.  Corn chips might get soggy, so it’s best to fill them right before serving


*Pimiento Cheese

1 8 oz log Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar

1 8 oz log Cracker Barrel Vermont White Cheddar

4 oz chopped pimentos, drained and patted dry

1/2 – 3/4 cup good mayonnaise, Duke’s or Hellman’s

pepper to taste

Shred cheeses. Place cheese and drained pimentos into a food processor with 1/4 cup mayo and pulse just a few times until just mixed, or just mix in a bowl. Check to see if mixture holds together. If it is too dry add more mayo, 1-2 T at a time, and pulse once or twice. Check and add additional mayo until you get the consistency you want. I use just enough mayonnaise to bind, you want to taste the cheese, not the mayo! Do not over mix or mixture will loose it’s texture. Makes about 2 1/2 cups. Keep in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

**Salami Cups

Pan fry salami slices until fat has rendered and edges begin to crisp.  Quickly pat with a paper towel and place into a mini muffin tin, folding as necessary to form a bowl.  Let cool completely in tin, then remove to paper tower to absorb any remaining fat.  Can be made ahead and chilled.

***Butter Pecans

Saute 2 cups pecan halves in 2 T butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar over medium heat, stirring, until pecans begin to turn golden.  Season with kosher salt. Remove to parchment or wax paper to cool.  Store in a lidded jar.





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25 Responses to “Party Panache, Pimiento Cheese Canapes”
  1. Really cute and looks yummy


  2. Pimiento cheese, home-made of course, is a favorite of mine. I love the idea of using it for canapés. This would be so lovely for a bridal or baby shower! Your recipe is basically the one I use. My Momma always said, “you have to have good ingredients to get good results.” Happy Thursday!


  3. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I cannot live in a world without pimento cheese! It is a staple at my house, too! I always remember at any holiday gathering my grandmothers always served pimento cheese stuffed celery on their relish trays. Thanks for sharing some new ideas for serving this tasty treat! Happy Thursday!


  4. says:

    I knew better than to read this post and be hungry!!!! LOOKS SO GOOD! Hugs and blessings, Cindy


  5. I’m having quite a yen for appetizers after reading this. I need to have a party. Well, not in the cards right now but boy, that looks good!


    • Thanks Jeanie, I actually had friends, just 1 couple over the other night for happy hour, we social distanced on the patio, and they brought their own cocktails…it was so much fun and so good to see them!


  6. lghiggins says:

    These all sound and look delicious, but I think bacon with pimiento cheese would be addictive!


  7. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh my! This looks over -the- top delcious! Pinning for sure. I haven’t had pimento in years, but I really liked it, so I guess it’s time to try your recipe and make some of these delicious appetizers. Yum! 😋


  8. Karen says:

    I grew up on pimento cheese sandwiches and celery stuffed pimento cheese. All your ideas are great.


  9. Mary says:

    Pimiento Cheese is the pâté of the South Jenna and we love it on anything. Your little salami cups are so cute 🙂


  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    This is the tray I want to see at my next party!!! I love pimiento cheese and the one thing everyone I serve loves! Thanks Jenna for some new ideas……….


  11. Margy says:

    When I was a kid my parents entertained alot. Dad made a cheese spread similar to this. I always loved the day after parties when I could have some of the tasty leftovers. – Margy


  12. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn


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