This recipe for Surprise Inside Pimento Cheese Tartlets is a charming, Southern recipe that bakes pimento cheese in a crispy phyllo shell with an oozing strawberry jam center. Make them for a brunch, appetizer, or a shower and your guests will love them!
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½cupHellmann's mayonnaise with olive oil
½teaspoonsweet smoked paprika
2teaspoonsLouisiana Hot Sauce
1(8 ounce) blockCabot Seriously Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, grated
1(4 ounce) jardiced pimentosdrained thoroughly
30(2 packages)Athens Fillo Shell Cups2 packages -these are found in the freezer section of the grocery store
⅓cupSmucker's Fruit + Honey Strawberry Fruit Spread
Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, mustard powder, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Stir in the pimentos. Fold in the grated cheese until the mixture is well incorporated.
Place the phyllo tart shells on the baking sheet. Add ½ teaspoon of the strawberry jam to the bottom of each shell. Top with a teaspoon of the pimento cheese mixture.
Bake the tartlets for 10 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Remove from heat and transfer to a platter. Serve immediately.
Store the remaining pimento cheese in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Serve with crackers or on toast!
Leftover tartlets can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated at 350℉ for 8 minutes.