Bacon Crusted Jalapeno Sausage Fritters

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Palmetto pimento cheese fritters

12 ounces Palmetto Cheese with Jalapenos – Original and Bacon can also be used.
8 ounces Pork Sausage cooked, drained and crumbled (We used Jimmy Dean Maple)
1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Buttermilk (milk can also be used)
2 1/2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs
6 ounces Bacon cooked, drained and crumbled
Oil for frying

First, cook off your bacon and sausage.  Cook the bacon until crispy, crumble it into a bowl and set aside. Brown off the sausage in a saucepan and cook fully. You want the sausage cut into small pieces, so break it up while it is cooking. Drain and set aside to cool. (Make sure it is cooled completely before added to the cheese)
Set up 3 bowls for your breading station (One flour, one buttermilk, one breadcrumbs). You may need more or less of these ingredients depending on how many balls you make and how thick you bread them. In the breadcrumbs, mix in the Bacon crumbles.
In a small bowl, mix together the crumbled sausage and Palmetto Cheese. Form 1 Tablespoon of sausage/cheese mixture into a ball. Roll into flour, then buttermilk, then breadcrumbs. If you can still see cheese, roll in the buttermilk and breadcrumbs one more time….no additional flour is needed. Place on a sheet pan or plate. Once you roll however many you like, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes. This will firm everything up and make it easier to fry.
In a small saucepan, heat 3 cups of oil to 350F. Slowly add your PC Fritters to the oil and fry until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to drain excess oil. Serve by themselves or with a dipping sauce.

Concord Barbeque Sauce
1 Cup Concord Grape Jelly
1 Cup BBQ Sauce (brand of your choice)

In a small saucepan, combine the jelly and the bbq sauce. On medium/high heat, bring to a boil and turn off the heat. The sauce is ready to serve! If you want to spice it up, add a little cayenne or hot sauce.

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