Trader Joe’s Pimento Cheese Puffs Review. You can tell it’s holiday season because of the amount of hors d’oeuvres that Trader Joe’s has in their freezer section. It seems like every year they put more and more ready to make appetizers with crazier and crazier combinations. Another one of their big viral ingredients right now is pimento cheese. I’m seeing it in a lot of restaurants and I don’t know what the crazy is about but I have a feeling it’s about nostalgia. My parents made a lot of that stuff when I was growing up in. I loved it but there’s only so much you can eat it. But at the same time I like anything out of cheese puffs, and Trader Joe’s other cheese puffs have been a huge hit.
And what we have here is a puff pastry with some pimento cheese in the middle and some caramelized onions and bacon in the middle of that. On the surface it sounds really great because he doesn’t like some cheese puffs and he doesn’t like tomato cheese and he doesn’t like caramelized onions and bacon? That sounds like a match made in heaven to me
The Trader Joe’s pimento cheese puffs is made in your oven or toaster oven you set the oven and pull the cheese puffs out of there a little containers in the little tray that come in and stick them on a cookie sheet. I didn’t do it but I highly recommend that you either put them on some parchment paper or spray your cookie sheet with some oil because mine stuck a little bit and as you know cheese puffs can be a little delicate when you try to pick them up after you cook them.
Mine came out a little sloppy but not too bad I’ve heard reports from other people that they were a complete mess one of the cheese puffs kind of fell over and all the cheese drained out of it when was baking.
The best thing about these was the puff pastry and the cheese. I could’ve done without the sweet onions and bacon in the middle. It was sweet! I was not expecting them to be so sweet. I thought it distracted from the pimento cheese. I was not a big fan of the total package. As you can see from my picture, they can get a little messy when you bake them. The side collapsed on a couple of them and filling burned onto my cookie sheet making a mess. Too bad you can’t bake them in the tray they came in.
I’m not sure I would buy these again. I’ll give Trader Joe’s an A for effort but about a D on execution.
INGREDIENTS: Puff Pastry (Unbleached Enriched Flour [Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate. Riboflavin, Folic Acid]. Water. Unsalted Butter [Pasteurized Cream). Salt). Cheese Filling (Cream Cheese (Pasteurized Cultured Milk And Cream. Salt, Guar Gum, Carob Bean Gum]. Cheddar Cheese [Pasteurized Milk Cheese Cultures, Salt, Microbial Rennet Annatto Extract (For Color). Powdered Cellulose (Anti-caking Agent}]. Pimento Peppers [Pimento Peppers, Water. Salt Citric Acid (To Preserve}], Mayonnaise Sunflower Oil, Egg Yolks, Water, Lemon Juice. Distilled Vinegar, Salt. Cane Sugar Mustard Flour. Black Pepper Citric Acid (To Preserve)]. Uncured Bacon [Pork. Water, Sea Salt. Less Than 2% Of Cane Sugar, Cultured Celery Juice Powder] Cayenne Pepper, Xanthan Gum. Chili Pepper), Topping(Uncured Bacon [Pork Water Sea Salt, Less Than 2% Of Cane Sugar. Cultured Celery Juice Powder] Caramelized Onion [Onion. Sugar Unsalted Butter (Pasteurized Cream}]. Instant Coffee Powder, Onions. Maple Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar [Apple Cider Vinegar. Water], Dark Brown Sugar. Cornstarch, Garlic). Contains Milk, Egg. Wheat.
Dist. & Sold Exclusively By Trader Joe’s. Monrovia, CA 91016
No Nitrates Or Nitrites Added Except For Those Naturally Occurring In Sea Salt And Cultured Celery Juice Powder