Pimento Cheese is a fun, retro spread that most people are at least familiar with. If you are from The South, chances are that you have a family recipe that has been passed down for generations. Since I am from NY, no such luck! But, after living in New Orleans for a while and having tons of friends from all over the US while living overseas, I encountered this classic many times.
If your only experience with pimento cheese is the grocery-store-tub version *shudder* bought as an emergency party dip, please, I implore you, try my recipe. Make sure to use freshly grated sharp cheddar– it makes all the difference. The pre-shredded stuff is just not as creamy and silky, but could be used in a pinch. If you like to spice things up, feel free to add a little cajun seasoning, cayenne or hot sauce of your choosing.
This classic spread or dip from the southern US is a party favorite. Creamy, tangy and flavorful, it hits the right spots!
- 1 8 oz package cream cheese
- 1 8 oz block cheddar cheese freshly grated
- 1 4 oz jar of sliced pimentos drained and juice reserved
- 2 Tbsp mayonaise
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp juice from the pimentos
- 1 Tbsp chopped chives
- 1 tsp seasoned salt
Using an electric hand mixer, blend the cream cheese, mayonnaise, dijon, pimento juice and seasoned salt until creamy. Fold in the remaining ingredients, refrigerate and allow to sit for a few hours before serving to allow the flavors to come together.
If you like spice, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce would be a welcome addition to this spread.
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