Millionaire Pimento Cheese with Seeded Saltines

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

One 4-ounce sleeve saltine crackers

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (white, black or both)

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

6 slices bacon

8 ounces Cheddar, shredded

4 ounces piquillo peppers, drained

1 garlic clove, finely grated

A few dashes Louisiana-style hot sauce

3/4 to 1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup chopped chives

1/4 cup smoked almonds

Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spread the crackers in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with the sesame and poppy seeds. Bake for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, and then finely chop.
  4. In a food processor, pulse the peppers once or twice to chop them. Add the cheese, garlic, hot sauce and 3/4 cup of the mayonnaise. Pulse until the mixture is well blended; add more mayonnaise if it is too thick. Scrape the pimento cheese into a bowl and fold in the chives, almonds and most of the bacon; season with salt. Garnish with more chives, almonds and the remaining bacon. Serve with the seeded saltines.