Friday, October 29, 2010

pimento cheese

What is it with Pimento Cheese? Why can’t I stop thinking about it? When it’s put in front of me I must eat it. When it’s not in front of me, I’m looking for it…… but it has to be good pimento cheese – not too much mayo and not too mild. Please don’t think that the orange stuff you find in the plastic tub in the deli at the grocery can even begin to equal real pimento cheese. 

I believe this is this a true southern treasure – will some of my southern friends please explain the mystique of this awesome combo of flavors? This Michigan girl is stumped why it has so much power over me…..

Here’s what you need:

1 C extra sharp yellow cheddar cheese– the best quality you can find, shredded
1 C extra sharp white cheddar cheese– the best quality you can find, shredded
1/3 C mayo – the best quality you can find….
¼ C pimentos (today I used jarred roasted red peppers and they were just fine)
1/8 t cayenne pepper (this is spicy, so start at 1/8 and add more if you must)

Mix together and mash with a fork.  Serve with crackers, celery or on white bread.  Serve it very cold…. Most delicious…..

This is one of  my ‘go to’ recipes. I think it’s nice enough for company, but even better for the family. Or just for me…..  


  1. The only pimento cheese I've ever had came from the fridge section of the grocery...and it's never been a fave of mine! Maybe I should try making some at home. Could I use co-jack if that's what I have on hand? I'm thinking it might be a good veg option to put out on my app table for T-giving!!

  2. Awesome! I love the simple ease of Pimento Cheese sandwiches! The presentation of this recipe really is great- I like seeing the ingredients! I wonder what Cumin instead of Cayenne would be like... will let ya know! Im southern yet..those spices...ouch!
    Trying this out this weekend! YUMMY!

  3. @Wendy.... not too sure about using the co-jack because I think having that super sharp kinda salty element of the cheddar cheeses is what makes it magic.....let me know!

    @Sheri.... not too sure about the cumin either, but it's always worth a try! Thanks for the nice comments!

  4. I'm a Hoosier and grew up on pimiento cheese. Thanks for jogging my memory as to how delicious it is.

  5. I was just looking up recipes the other day for homemade pimento cheese! Yum! Thanks for sharing :)


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