If it isn't the dessert items that get you this time of year, then it will be the appetizers. And Trader Joe's has no shortage of good appetizers. In fact, Trader Joe's Pimento Cheese Puffs might remind you of an appetizer that did not make a return to shelves: Trader Joe's Vegetable Puffs.
The premise is pretty similar: puff pastry smushed into a small cup size with a filling.
With last year's failed Vegetable Puffs, it just tasted like a dollop of basic tomato sauce. Nothing special.
This year, we've seen the debut of the pretty darn good Pimento Cheese Dip. And while that was pretty solid, there is a pairing issue we need to talk about.
They've decided to pair pimento cheese with caramelized onions which reminded me of the returning French Onion Soup Bites.
Those bites weren't all that great. Perhaps with a heavy dose of Swiss and better directions (not cooking them in the plastic they came in) would have been better.
But the pairing of caramelized onions and pimento cheese was a bit weird. The onions were sweet. And the bacon? I could hardly taste it. I didn't realize that was in there until I looked at the box more closely.
But the cheese didn't do the onions any favors. It was a bit spicy and almost cheddar-y. Not what I would generally reach for together. It wasn't a great pairing.
Otherwise, the puff pastry was like and flaky, and the directions were on point.
But I didn't find these addictive or have the need to have more than one or two. Not what you would want if you are having company.
For $4.99 these were edible, but not the best Trader Joe's has to offer in terms of appetizers.
Would I buy this again? No, I would not buy Trader Joe's Pimento Cheese Puffs again. The pairing just didn't work for me.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The box of Trader Joe's Pimento Cheese Puffs:
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How Trader Joe's describes this product:
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Trader Joe's Pimento Cheese Puffs
Product Name: Trader Joe's Pimento Cheese Puffs
Product Description: Trader Joe's Pimento Cheese Puffs is a new seasonal appetizer option.
Trader Joe's Pimento Cheese Puffs are a new seasonal appetizer option.
- Ready in under 15 minutes
- Directions were on point
- Odd flavor pairing
- There are better standouts in the frozen appetizers.