Ask Marilyn – “Pimento Fritters”

by Marilyn Markel in Learn

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Reader Question:

I love the Pimento Cheese Fritters served in The Weathervane.  If you are allowed to share recipes, is this something you can help me with?
- Lisa

Marilyn’s Answer:

Here is the recipe from our Executive chef Ryan Payne.  We hope you enjoy them!

Pimento Cheese Fritters

Makes 40 portions

17 oz shredded Cheddar
6 oz shredded pepper jack
8 oz cream cheese
2 oz mayonnaise
1 tsp paprika
1/2 small shallot, minced
1 tsp Cajun spice
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
5 oz pimentos, drained and chopped
2 cups all purpose flour
8 eggs, cracked and beaten
12 cups panko bread crumbs

1. Mix all the ingredients together, except cheddar, pepper jack, eggs, flour and panko, in a mixer with a paddle attachment.
2. Then add the cheddar and pepper jack, and mix well.
3. Portion the pimento cheese mixture you just made using a one ounce scoop, roll into balls, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
4. Dip the pimento cheese balls into the flour, and let chill for 15 minutes.
5. Bread the cheese balls by dipping into the egg and then the panko. Repeat this step – double breading will allow you to fry them without bursting. 
6. In a 350 degree fryer, fry until golden brown. Be careful not to over cook, as they will bust and all the cheese will come out.
7. Serve with Peggy Rose’s Hot Pepper Jelly from our store.