Smoky Pimento cheese
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Smokey Pimento Cheese with Fresh Basil, Sundried Tomatoes and Crispy Bacon

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Smokey Pimento Cheese a delicious twist on a southern favorite.
Smoky Pimento cheese

This Smokey Pimento Cheese with Fresh Basil Topped with Sundried Tomatoes, Field Greens and Crispy Bacon is a delicious twist on a traditional southern favorite.

Summer is finally almost here. With the promise of warm sunny days, many folks are planning summer road trips, camping and picnics.

As a child, anytime we would take a road trip, there was always a picnic basket packed with Pimento Cheese Sandwiches, a jar of sweet pickles or olives and some kind of fruit.

We would load the car up early in the morning and head out towards our destination. There always seemed to be a park on the way with a picnic area right at about lunch time.

A picnic basket on a table
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Mom would always lay out a tablecloth on the picnic table and then unload the basket of sandwiches, pickles, fruit, iced tea or kool-aid and some cookies or other sweet treat.

To this day, Pimento Cheese always reminds me of summertime road trips and picnics.

On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, I found some interesting cheeses that I thought would create a fun and unique twist on the traditional Pimento Cheese.

For The Sandwiches:

  • Ciabatta Rolls
  • Smokey Pimento Cheese
  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • Crisp cooked bacon
  • Mixed field greens

Spread a good amount of Pimento Cheese onto the bottom part of the roll. Top with sundried tomatoes. Then some of the field greens and bacon.

Smokey Pimento Cheese

Top  it off with the top half of the roll that has been spread with a bit of mayonnaise.


A plate of food on a table

What to serve with these yummy sandwiches:

Smoky Pimento cheese

Smokey Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Smokey Pimento Cheese a delicious twist on a southern favorite.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Bacon, cheese, sandwiches
Servings: 3
Calories: 484kcal
Author: angela@mealstreetkitchen


  • 1 cup grated smoked Gouda
  • 1/2 cup grated asiago cheese
  • 1 2- ounce jar of diced pimentos
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 4 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.


Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1037mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1374IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 755mg | Iron: 1mg
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Smokey Pimento Cheese

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