Today we had lunch at a sandwich place, and I got a grilled pimento, which made me think of how much I have been enjoying pimento cheese lately.
Pimento cheese is a popular Southern spread made with cheese, mayo, and pimento peppers. I love it on crackers or grilled on bread with thinly sliced dill pickles.
You can get good pimento cheese at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Cheesetique locations in Northern Virginia; or even at many Costcos (the Palmetto brand is quite tasty).
I recently took the leap into making my own pimento cheese.
I think it turned out really well and wanted to share the recipe that I used. It came from a user on the now-defunct List App.
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese (choose a nice cheddar as this will make a big difference in the flavor of the spread)
- 6 oz diced pimentos
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1/8 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp ground mustard
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- Put the cream cheese into a large bowl.
- Drain the pimentos.
- Grate the cheddar (I used a food processor to make this quick and easy).
- Add cheddar and pimentos to the bowl. Hold back one handful of cheddar to add texture later.
- Add the spices.
- Add the mayo.
- Mix it up. You’ll want a wooden spoon or a spatula. You’re kind of folding it in. I recommend streaming an episode of a show while doing this.
- When it’s getting well incorporated, add in the rest of the cheddar. Keep combining until nearly smooth.
This recipe makes plenty of pimento cheese, and you can half it if you want. I enjoyed it on sandwiches and as dip for at least a week.
Do you like pimento cheese?