Pimento cheeseball pinecone is not the traditional pimento cheese. It is a cream cheese based pimento cheese with little slivered almonds pressed into it to make it look like a seasonal pinecone. A little bit of creamy cheese with a crunch of almond.
You, by this time, know that I am a big fan of pimento cheese.
Back in the dark ages of blogging my first food blogger friend, Stephie, introduced me to this southern delicacy.
Her OG recipe is still my go to for an appetizer served with Ritz crackers and sliced veggies.
I have a lot of recipes featuring pimento cheese like; pimento cheese BLT, pimento cheese babka, and ham and green chili pimento cheese sliders.
It is traditionally a mayo based dip.
In order to make this pimento cheeseball pinecone, I needed it to be a little stiffer.
What you need for this recipe:
- 8oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 6oz cream cheese
- Jared pimentos
- Worcestershire sauce
- Smoked paprika
- Cayenne pepper
- Slivered almonds
This is a relatively easy recipe.
Combine all the pimento cheese ingredients in a bowl and use a spatula to mix it all together.
Scoop the pimento cheese onto a sheet of plastic wrap.
Twist and seal the plastic wrap tightly around the pimento cheese.
Roll the pimento cheese into an oval log.
Then you have to refrigerate the wrapped pimento cheese to harden it up a bit.
After a few hours in the fridge, unwrap the pimento cheese. Place it on to your serving platter.
This part does take a little time and patience.
Take the slivered almonds and place them into the pimento cheese log in several arched rows.
Place them close together to make the arrangement of a pinecone.
Then put the pimento cheese pinecone back into the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
This pimento cheeseball pinecone has that little bit of salty spice you expect from pimento cheese with the crunch of the almonds.
Serve it with bread, crackers, and some sliced vegetables.
This is a fun and festive holiday appetizer for your seasonal gatherings.
A cream cheese based pimento cheese studded with slivered almonds and formed into a fun and festive pinecone. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Pimento Cheeseball Pinecone
A cream cheese based pimento cheese studded with slivered almonds and formed into a fun and festive pinecone.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.