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

Use pimiento cheese to create a variety of tasty appetizer bites
Course Appetizer, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American



  • 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

Pimiento Cheese

  • 8 oz extra sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 oz Vermont White Cheddar, grated
  • 4 oz jar of pimientos, drained and patted dry
  • mayonnaise to taste
  • salt and pepper

Butter Pecans

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • kosher or sea salt


Pimiento Cheese

  • 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 muffin 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.


  • 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


These not only make great appetizers, but also a lovely light lunch or snack
Keyword appetizer, canapes, celery, pecans, pimiento cheese, salami cups


🥒 🧀 🌶

27 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! 😋

    • I really couldn’t decide which one was the best, I loved all the combos. Pimiento cheese keeps well in the fridge for weeks, but it won’t last that long 🙂

  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……….

    • Thank you Emily, these canapes are super simple to make. I made a tray and nibbled on them the next few days for lunch or a snack, all the combos were great I thought…

  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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