I will confess that I am not a fan of the Food Network's Neelys. Too much BBQ and flirting in that kitchen for my taste, but these little nibbles are delicious.
Pimento Cheese and Bacon Crostini
Makes 3 cups of pimiento cheese or 40 crostini
2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp orange cheddar cheese
One 7-ounce jar pimientos, drained and finely chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
40 slices baguette, toasted
4 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
In a mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the white and orange cheddar cheeses. Add the chopped pimentos, mayonnaise, black pepper and garlic powder; blend at low speed. Season the pimento cheese with cayenne pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 400° Spread the pimento cheese on the toasts, top with the bacon and bake until the cheese is melted and browned, about 2 minutes. Serve.