Bacon Wrapped Palmetto Cheese Balls
These luscious balls of bacony joy have a new taste twist thanks to the addition of a special type of cheese. Bacon Palmetto Cheese which hails itself as “Real Cheese, Real Southern, and Really Good”. I suppose if you can’t find this brand name even though they sell it at Kroger here in the states, you can make do with some other type of pimento cheese, OR you could contact the company that makes it and find out where to buy this in your part of the country-
(You could also click on the link to their website I have below in the ingredients list-)
Pawleys Island Specialty Foods
P.O. Box 1481
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
These are similar to Jo’s Cheesy Bacon Bombs but this special cheese makes all the difference.
Pimento Cheese Balls
12 oz. Bacon Palmetto Cheese
1 pkg. Pillsbury Grands! (16.3oz)
1 package thinly-sliced bacon
3 cups Canola Oil for frying
1. Cut each Pillsbury Grands! dough round into 4 pieces. You can spray your work surface with a little non-stick cooking spray to keep the dough from sticking. Flatten each piece out with your hand.
2. In the middle of each round, place 1 tsp. of Palmetto Cheese. Don’t go crazy on the cheese or you won’t be able to fold the dough together. To make the pouch, fold the dough in half and seal the edges. Press the seams all together to keep the cheese from escaping.
3. Now wrap ‘em all up in bacon!! Instead of cutting all of the bacon, we just laid out a slice, rolled up the ball until it made one rotation and then sliced the bacon. You should be able to get 3 cheese balls wrapped per slice of bacon. Secure the bacon by pushing a toothpick through the cheese ball.
4. Heat a saucepan of canola oil up to 350° F. Fry the dough until golden brown. This should take 2-3 minutes. Do a test one first to make sure your oil isn’t too hot. Once it looks like it’s done, take it out of the oil, let it drain and cut it in half. If your dough is still raw, make sure to cook them a little longer. These can be made up ahead of time and fried when needed. Or fry them all up and reheat in the oven.
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