Author: Suzy Neal

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PB & J S'mores Trifle
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Suzy's original recipe created for the Legendary Lentil Festival Cook-Off, sponsored by USA Pulses. This is an impressive but easy dessert trifle incorporating nutritious US lentils and a whole can of chickpeas, including the liquid aquafaba. Aquafaba is the thick, gelatinous liquid that's drained from the chickpeas and is used as a vegan egg substitute.
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 1 hour
trifle
PB & J S'mores Trifle
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Suzy's original recipe created for the Legendary Lentil Festival Cook-Off, sponsored by USA Pulses. This is an impressive but easy dessert trifle incorporating nutritious US lentils and a whole can of chickpeas, including the liquid aquafaba. Aquafaba is the thick, gelatinous liquid that's drained from the chickpeas and is used as a vegan egg substitute.
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 1 hour
Ingredients
Lentil layer
  • 1 cup brown lentils, cooked, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1/2 cup Heavy whipping cream
Peanut butter layer
  • 15.5 oz. can chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved, then rinsed
  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
Aquafaba marshmallow fluff layer
  • 3/4 cup aquafaba (liquid reserved from chickpeas)
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
For assembling trifle
  • 14.4 oz. box honey graham crackers, divided in thirds
  • 8 oz. Unicoi Preserves Strawberry Vanilla Spread
Servings: servings
Instructions
Chocolate lentil layer
  1. Place lentils in the bowl of a food processor, pulse several times. Scrape down bowl, then add dark cocoa powder, instant espresso coffee powder and heavy whipping cream. Pulse to combine, then continue to puree until smooth, scraping bowl as necessary. Remove mixture to medium size mixing bowl, set aside. Wash bowl and blade of food processor.
Peanut butter layer
  1. Place chickpeas, peanut butter, vanilla bean paste and kosher salt in to the bowl of food processor. Pulse to combine, scrape sides of bowl and continue to puree until smooth, creamy and looks similar to cookie dough. Set aside.
Aquafaba marshmallow fluff layer
  1. Pour reserved liquid from chickpeas into medium mixing bowl, add cream of tartar and vanilla bean paste. Using a hand mixer, whip until frothy. Slowly and gradually add granulated white sugar. Increase speed of mixer after sugar is incorporated and continue to whip until mixture looks glossy and holds a firm peak. Set aside
To assemble trifle
  1. Place 1 sleeve of graham crackers in a zip top plastic bag and crush them by hand in to bite size pieces. Pour evenly over the bottom of a trifle bowl.
  2. Spoon peanut butter mixture loosely and evenly over graham crackers.
  3. Pour Unicoi Preserves Strawberry Vanilla Spread over peanut butter layer, spreading lightly to cover peanut butter.
  4. Place second sleeve of graham crackers in to zip top plastic bag and crush them by hand in to bite size pieces. Pour evenly over previous layer.
  5. Fold 1 cup of marshmallow fluff in to lentil chocolate mixture. After incorporated, gently fold another 2 cups marshmallow fluff in until barely incorporated. Spoon evenly over previous layer in trifle bowl.
  6. Place third sleeve of graham crackers in zip top plastic bag and crush them by hand in to bite size pieces. Pour contents evenly over previous layer.
  7. Spoon remaining marshmallow fluff evenly over trifle and use a spoon to make swirls and peaks. Using a kitchen torch, flame the marshmallow fluff in several places to mimic toasted marshmallows.
  8. Refrigerate or serve immediately.
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The Perfect Margarita
The Perfect Margarita
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A smooth and delicious cocktail using reposado tequila. "Reposado" means rested or restful, meaning the tequila has been aged two months to a year in oak. Aging in white oak gives the tequila a mellow flavor combined with the flavor of blue agave, making reposado the ideal tequila to choose for The Perfect Margarita.
The Perfect Margarita
The Perfect Margarita
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A smooth and delicious cocktail using reposado tequila. "Reposado" means rested or restful, meaning the tequila has been aged two months to a year in oak. Aging in white oak gives the tequila a mellow flavor combined with the flavor of blue agave, making reposado the ideal tequila to choose for The Perfect Margarita.
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. Key lime juice
  • 8 oz. Simple syrup
  • 6 oz. Reposado tequila
  • 2 oz. Orange Liqueur
  • 1 Lime, sliced in wedges for garnish
  • Coarse salt to rim glasses, if desired
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Pour lime juice, simple syrup, tequila and orange liqueur in to a quart size canning jar. Screw lid on jar securely and shake well.
  2. Moisten the rim of each glass with a piece of lime, then roll the rim evenly in coarse salt, if desired. Fill glass half full of crushed ice and pour margarita over ice.
  3. Garnish with a fresh lime slice.
  4. Relax and enjoy with Unicoi Preserves, cheese, charcuterie, crusty bread and friends.
  5. Tip: To make a simple syrup, just mix equal parts sugar and water together in a sauce pan and heat it until the sugar is dissolved. For example, heat 1 cup of water and stir in 1 cup sugar until dissolved. Refrigerate until cold. We like to make a large batch and keep it on hand in the refrigerator in a mason jar.
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Jalapeno Poppers
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One of our most popular appetizers! Make twice as many as you think you'll need, then double it. This recipe is a home run appetizer and they go fast!
Servings
30 poppers
Servings
30 poppers
Jalapeno Poppers
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One of our most popular appetizers! Make twice as many as you think you'll need, then double it. This recipe is a home run appetizer and they go fast!
Servings
30 poppers
Servings
30 poppers
Ingredients
  • 15 Jalapeno peppers, washed
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 16 oz. Bacon, regular sliced
  • 4 oz. Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread
Servings: poppers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, then place a baking rack on top of the foil lined pan. Wearing gloves, cut jalapenos in half lengthwise.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and membrane.
  3. Spread cream cheese in the cavity of each jalapeno, making sure to completely fill the pepper.
  4. Cut bacon slices in half. Wrap each jalapeno popper with half a slice of bacon, then use a toothpick to secure the bacon. Place jalapeno poppers on baking rack.
  5. Bake on middle rack of preheated oven for 20 minutes. Alternately, you can cook these on the grill. Set up the grill for indirect cooking and heat to 400 degrees.
  6. Spoon 3 Tablespoons Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread into a microwave safe custard cup. Microwave for 10-15 seconds to liquefy.
  7. Remove poppers from the oven or grill, and using a silicone brush, glaze with Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread. Bake another 10 minutes and serve.
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Peanut Butter Pretzel Rolls
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Suzy's recipe from the 2019 National Festival of Breads in Manhattan, Kansas, home of Kansas Wheat. Easy, delicious and dependable results using quality ingredients from Red Star Yeast and King Arthur Flour. Delicious served with soft butter and Unicoi Preserves.
Servings
14 rolls
Servings
14 rolls
Peanut Butter Pretzel Rolls
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Suzy's recipe from the 2019 National Festival of Breads in Manhattan, Kansas, home of Kansas Wheat. Easy, delicious and dependable results using quality ingredients from Red Star Yeast and King Arthur Flour. Delicious served with soft butter and Unicoi Preserves.
Servings
14 rolls
Servings
14 rolls
Ingredients
Dough
  • 2 cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 oz. pack Red Star Platinum Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons, divided vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 5 - 5-1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
Boiling Solution
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
Topping
  • 1 large egg yolk, plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons King Arthur Pretzel Salt
Servings: rolls
Instructions
  1. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook, combine water, honey and yeast; let proof 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in powdered peanut butter, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, butter and salt. Gradually add enough flour to form a soft dough that pulls away from sides of bowl.
  3. Knead dough with hook 3 – 4 minutes to form a smooth dough. Grease large bowl with 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. Place dough in bowl, turning to coat. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Deflate dough and turn out on floured work surface. Scale 3-ounce pieces of dough; shape into smooth rolls. Place rolls on a 12” x 18” pan lined with nonstick baking mat.
  5. In 4-quart or larger Dutch oven, combine water and baking soda, bring to a boil. Boil 3 rolls at a time for 45 – 60 seconds, turning occasionally. Use slotted spoon to remove rolls to pan.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut an “X” in the top of rolls. Beat together egg yolk and water; brush on rolls. Sprinkle on peanuts first, then pretzel salt.
  7. Bake on middle rack of oven 20 – 25 minutes until dark golden brown and internal temperature is 205°F – 210°F. Remove rolls to a rack and cool. Serve with butter and Unicoi Preserves.
Nutritional information per serving
  1. (1 ROLL, 115g): 233 calories, 45 calories from fat, 5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 15mg cholesterol, 517mg sodium, 40g total carbohydrate, 3g dietary fiber, 3g sugars, 7g protein, 92mcg folate, 2mg vitamin C, 3mg iron.
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Whipped Cream Cheese
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You've asked for the recipe at festivals and events, so here it is! This is the delicious whipped cream cheese recipe you've sampled with Unicoi Preserves! Delicious and easy to spread, no broken crackers!
Whipped Cream Cheese
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You've asked for the recipe at festivals and events, so here it is! This is the delicious whipped cream cheese recipe you've sampled with Unicoi Preserves! Delicious and easy to spread, no broken crackers!
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 2 T. Half and Half
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put a block of cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer. No stand mixer, no problem, just use your hand mixer and a good size bowl. Start the mixer out on slow speed and gradually increase the speed as the block of cheese softens and starts to whip. Scrap down the sides of the bowl. Turn mixer off. Add 2 T. half and half, mix on low speed and increase speed to whip the cream cheese into soft, spreadable happiness.
  2. Warning! Do NOT add the half and half until the cream cheese has started to whip and break down or you will be cleaning your kitchen cabinets.
  3. Enjoy your whipped cream cheese spread on crackers or artisan bread with Unicoi Preserves.
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Jammin' Party Sandwiches
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We created this recipe for the Southern Home & Garden Show using our favorite products from the Ingles Deli. A real crowd pleaser, this delicious tray of sandwiches are smoky, savory and sweet and perfect for tailgating and entertaining.
Servings Prep Time
12 15
Cook Time
30
Servings Prep Time
12 15
Cook Time
30
Jammin' Party Sandwiches
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We created this recipe for the Southern Home & Garden Show using our favorite products from the Ingles Deli. A real crowd pleaser, this delicious tray of sandwiches are smoky, savory and sweet and perfect for tailgating and entertaining.
Servings Prep Time
12 15
Cook Time
30
Servings Prep Time
12 15
Cook Time
30
Ingredients
Sandwich ingredients:
  • 1 4 oz. jar Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread
  • 12 Kings Hawaiian Savory Butter Rolls
  • 1/2 lb. Boars Head Baby Swiss Cheese, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 lb. Boars Head Smokemaster Beechwood Smoked Ham, shaved
  • 1/2 lb. Boars Head Black Forest Turkey Breast, shaved
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Optional: Minced parsley and apple slices
Sauce ingredients:
  • 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
Servings:
Instructions
Sauce:
  1. Melt butter and whisk in onion powder and seasoned salt. Set aside and make sandwiches.
Sandwich:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice rolls in half horizontally so you have a top and bottom half, not tearing rolls apart. Place bottom half of rolls on a baking sheet. Spread the bottom layer of rolls with about half a jar of Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread, then layer the shaved ham, add a layer of sliced cheese, then the shaved turkey and another layer of sliced cheese.
  2. Spread yellow mustard lightly on the cut side of the bun tops, then place it on top of the meat and cheese and bottom bun.
  3. Use a silicone brush and brush the sauce on the assembled sandwiches.
  4. Wrap with foil and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes to lightly brown the buns.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle with finely minced parsley and serve with apple slices.
  6. Make ahead directions: Assemble sandwiches but do not sauce them. Place sandwiches back in original Kings Hawaiian tray and bag, store in refrigerator or cooler until needed. When ready to serve, simply make the sauce then brush sandwiches with it and follow above baking directions. Sandwiches may need to bake a little longer with the foil on depending on how cold they are.
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Our go-to biscuit recipe, inspired by a White Lily Flour recipe.  Just add your favorite Unicoi Preserves.

 

 

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Biscuits
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Easy to make, delicious biscuits that serve as the perfect jelly delivery device!
Servings Prep Time
6 biscuits 10 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 biscuits 10 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
biscuits
Biscuits
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Easy to make, delicious biscuits that serve as the perfect jelly delivery device!
Servings Prep Time
6 biscuits 10 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 biscuits 10 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon butter melted, for brushing biscuits
  • Flour for dusting work surface
Servings: biscuits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Combine lemon juice and milk in measuring cup. You just made buttermilk! Set aside.
  2. Measure flour into bowl and add butter. Using a pastry blender (or two knives), cut the cold butter into the flour until the mixture looks like small peas.
  3. Stir milk into the flour mixture until it is barely combined. It's okay for it to look shaggy.
  4. Sprinkle flour over a clean work surface and turn the dough out onto it. Gently fold the dough together 4 times, just until barely held together. Pat dough out to 1 inch thickness. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits by pressing straight down (twisting results in flat biscuits!) Re-pat dough until you have used it all. I got 6 biscuits, your results may vary depending on the thickness of your biscuits. Place on baking sheet, about 1 inch apart and bake on center rack of the preheated oven for 6 minutes.
  5. Remove biscuits from the oven, brush with melted butter and bake for an additional 2-4 minutes until lightly brown.
  6. Serve with Unicoi Preserves and take compliments on your biscuit baking prowess.
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Apple Pie Sundaes are a twist on a traditional apple pie a la mode.  We created and presented this recipe in Ingles Chef’s Kitchen at the 2018 Spring Southern Home & Garden Show. Cooking the apples with our award winning Apple Cider Pepper Spread and spices make for a delicious layer of warmth over vanilla bean ice cream. Served with a piece of Cabot Cheddar cheese pie crust, this is your new favorite apple pie, deconstructed.

Recipe inspired by delish.com

Apple Pie Sundae
Apple Pie Sundaes
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Like an apple pie but easier and tastier with Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread. Recipe inspired by delish.com
Servings Prep Time
8 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
30
Servings Prep Time
8 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
30
Apple Pie Sundae
Apple Pie Sundaes
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Like an apple pie but easier and tastier with Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread. Recipe inspired by delish.com
Servings Prep Time
8 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
30
Servings Prep Time
8 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
30
Ingredients
Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Cabot Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Water, ice cold
Apple Pie Filling
  • 4 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 2 Tablespoons Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons All purpose flour, Optional
Servings: people
Instructions
Pie Crust Instructions:
  1. In a food processor, combine flour, salt and butter. Pulse to combine until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Add shredded cheese, pulse 3 times. Add 3 Tablespoons ice water and cider vinegar. Pulse to combine, just until the dough is moistened and will stick together when pressed with your fingers. Turn the dough out on to your pastry board and knead just until it comes together. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, longer is better.
To bake pie crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into an approximately 12” circle/oval. This does not have to be a perfect shape, just roll it out so it’s a uniform thickness. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until lightly golden. Transfer to a cool racking and cool before serving. Break the pie crust into irregular size pieces to serve with the Apple Pie Sundaes.
To make apple pie filling:
  1. Melt butter and light brown sugar in a large sauce pan and cook over medium high heat until combined. Add all remaining ingredients except flour and continue to cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently for 10-12 minutes until sauce is reduced and apples are tender, but still have a little bite to them.
  2. Optional: If your apples give off a lot of liquid, stir in the flour and continue to cook a few minutes to thicken the sauce. If your apples weren't very juicy, you won't need to do this.
Assembly
  1. Scoop Laura Lynn Vanilla Ice Cream into individual serving bowls, top with warm apples and a few pieces of cheddar cheese pie crust.
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Our Spread Specialist’s take on Puffy Pancake, or Pannekoeken.  Cast iron is a great cooking vessel for this easy recipe, and we used a beautiful 10″ Finex Cast Iron skillet to prepare ours with.  Top with your favorite Unicoi Preserves for a delicious and different breakfast or brunch dish.

 

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Puffy Pancake
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My interpretation of Pannekoeken, a delicious Dutch pancake that puffs up in the oven and rapidly deflates when serving. Baked in a beautiful Finex Cast Iron skillet and served with Unicoi Preserves, this is an easy breakfast or brunch dish that is delicious and impressive.
puffy pancake
Puffy Pancake
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My interpretation of Pannekoeken, a delicious Dutch pancake that puffs up in the oven and rapidly deflates when serving. Baked in a beautiful Finex Cast Iron skillet and served with Unicoi Preserves, this is an easy breakfast or brunch dish that is delicious and impressive.
Ingredients
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Unicoi Preserves
Servings: 2
Instructions
  1. Place a 10 inch cast iron skillet on the middle rack of your oven, then preheat oven and skillet to 425 degrees. *Photo by Finex
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  2. Whisk the eggs, then add milk, flour and a pinch of salt. This will be a thin and runny batter, so don't worry and prepared to be amazed!
  3. When oven reaches 425 degrees, carefully pull the hot skillet out of the oven and add the butter. When butter has melted and is sizzling, pour the pancake batter into the pan.
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  4. Place the pan back on the middle rack of your oven and set timer for 20 minutes. Pancake is done when its puffy and golden.
    puffy pancake
  5. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Serve with your favorite flavors of Unicoi Preserves (we chose Salted Caramel Peach and Strawberry Vanilla Spread but Vineyard Spread is delicious here too!) and your favorite breakfast meat. The saltiness of bacon is the perfect complement to Puffy Pancake and Unicoi Preserves.
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Here’s a festive, delicious and easy recipe that travels well because you put it together when you get to your holiday party. I served this at Elder’s Ace Hardware Christmas Open House in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a three hour trip from our home. I simply packed my Palmetto Pimento Cheese in a cooler and took some of our Strawberry Vanilla Spread and the rest of my supplies in a basket.

pimento cheese wreath
Pimento Cheese Wreath
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Delicious recipe inspired by Palmetto Pimento Cheese, paired with Unicoi Preserves Strawberry Vanilla and Front Porch Pecans.
pimento cheese wreath
Pimento Cheese Wreath
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Delicious recipe inspired by Palmetto Pimento Cheese, paired with Unicoi Preserves Strawberry Vanilla and Front Porch Pecans.
Ingredients
  • 24 oz. Palmetto Pimento Cheese Original, Jalapeno or Bacon
  • 2 jars Unicoi Preserves Strawberry Vanilla Spread
  • Front Porch Sea Salt Roasted Pecans
  • Crackers
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Spoon Palmetto Pimento Cheese in a round wreath shape on your party platter. I chose a platter that had a lip so I just followed the line. If your platter doesn't have an interior lip, simply put a glass in the middle to leave space and spoon your pimento cheese in a circle. This doesn't have to be perfect.
    pimento cheese wreath
  2. Decorate the pimento cheese wreath with pecans.
    pimento cheese wreath
  3. Spoon two jars of Unicoi Preserves Strawberry Vanilla Spread into the middle of the pimento cheese wreath.
    pimento cheese wreath
  4. Serve Pimento Cheese Wreath with crackers of your choice.
    pimento cheese wreath
  5. pimento cheese wreath
  6. Take empty platter home.
    pimento cheese wreath
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