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Memorial Day Appetizer: Pimento Cheese Oysters


This recipe, shared by the UNC-TV television series, Flavor, NC, comes from Chef Joe Rohrer. Combining two Carolina classics, homemade pimento cheese and fresh oysters, you’ll taste the history (and deliciousness) in every bite. Flavor, NC is “dedicated to preserving and celebrating North Carolina’s agricultural heritage, one dinner plate at a time.” Try this Down East recipe of the month for your Memorial Day celebration!

  • 4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

  • 2 cups of shredded pepper jack cheese

  • 3/4 cups of pimientos (diced)

  • 1 jalapeno (diced)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of bread crumbs

  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard

  • 2 dozen oysters on the half shell

Combine all dry ingredients and mix. Add the mayonnaise and Dijon mustard and mix thoroughly. Spoon the ingredients onto half shell oysters. Bake at 400 degrees until the cheese starts to brown (approximately 20 minutes). Tops approximately two dozen oysters.


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