Fried Pimento Cheese
Fried Pimento Cheese balls will be your new obsession.
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 8 oz. shredded yellow cheddar
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp. sweet paprika
  • Large pinch cayenne pepper
  • Large pinch garlic powder
  • ¼ c. freshly chopped green onion
  • ¼ c. drained diced pimientos
  • 1½ c. panko bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Ranch dressing, for serving
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together cheddar, cream cheese, mayonnaise, paprika, cayenne, and garlic powder. Fold in ½ cup panko, green onion, and pimento. Roll mixture into 1" balls.
  2. Prepare breading station with three shallow bowls: one bowl with remaining 1 cup panko, another with egg, and a third bowl with flour.
  3. Working with one ball at a time, coat ball in flour and shake off excess. Dip the ball into egg mixture and then into bread crumb mixture. Repeat steps for remaining balls and set aside on a plate. Freeze until firm, at least 1 hour.
  4. In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, heat 1" oil until it starts to bubble. Working in batches, add breaded pimento balls and fry until golden, about 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and let cool slightly.
  5. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.
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