I recently cruised through Knoxville, Tennessee and widened my deep fried culinary palate with pimento cheese fritters. The all-around tasty Bistro at the Bijou served the hushpuppy-sized balls with pickled relish and jalapeño jam. Usually I find pimento cheese repulsive, but the quick dip in heat transforms the spread’s texture. Intensely flavored cheddar kissed with fiery pimento leaves fried mozzarella tasting uninspired and bland by comparison.The bright pickled relish provided just enough cooling tang. Share four in an order and find yourself wishing there were two more. Next time you are in the region, seek out surprisingly delightful pimento cheese fritters and enjoy another level of fried cheesy goodness.
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