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

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.

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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.


Pimento Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Smokey Pimento Cheese a delicious twist on a southern favorite.

Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Bacon, cheese, sandwiches
Servings: 3
Calories: 484 kcal
  • 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
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.
Nutrition Facts
Pimento Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 484 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 1037mg45%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1374IU27%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 755mg76%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Smokey Pimento Cheese

Looking for more picnic sandwich ideas?

Check these out: Pan Bagnat (Provencal Picnic Sandwich) or Asian BBQ Chicken Bahn Mi Sliders.

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