A Guide to Finding the Ideal Pimento Cheese Recipe
This delicious spread can be commonly found in many of the southern part of the United States at various social gatherings such as weddings, church gatherings, and picnics. There are hundreds of different recipes out there, but finding the perfect Pimento cheese recipe for you can be a fun journey.
At the core of all pimento cheese recipes there will be mayonnaise, cheese, and chopped pimentos. This may seem like an odd combination at first glance, but try it and then you might understand.
Not surprisingly, every Southerner has their own version which they think is the best. While some insist that orange cheddar is the only way to go, other find that white cheddar or a mix of the two works well. Either way, the mix of the cherry peppers that offer a sweet flavor with the mayo and cheese create an interesting flavor not to be ignored.
Some commonly added ingredients into recipes are:
- - rye
- - grated onion
- - celery salt
- - cayenne
- - sugar
- - salt and pepper
- - pecans and much more...
The ratio between the mayo, cheese, and peppers will vary from recipe to recipe. Here is an example of a basic recipe that is a great appetizer for around 10 people.
The ingredients include:
- - two 10oz blocks of sharp cheddar chesse
- - a 7 oz jar of pimento
- - 1 1/4c. of mayonnaise
- - 1/2 t. cayenne pepper to add a kick
- - 1 t. black pepper.
First grate about a bowl full of cold sharp cheddar cheese, then drain and add the diced pimentos. Add the cayenne pepper and black pepper, and stir in the mayonnaise. Taste and add more pepper, mayo, and black pepper as needed.
You will just have to trial and error it and see which one works best for you.
Here are some of the various ways to incorporate this spread into your every day menu.
- - spread on crackers/toast
- - celery
- - burgers
- - scrambled eggs
- - classic grilled cheese (+ rashers and tomato)
- - stuff a cherry tomato or whole tomato (appetizer)
- - commonly in the south is is simply spread on white bread with the crusts removed and cut up into 4 pieces
Creating Your Own Recipe
While this may not be the healthiest of spreads, it is an extremely fast and easy way to prepare an appetizer for guests. Why not try out some of these different recipes and see what works for you. Add your own special secret ingredient and see how it goes over with friends and family. Have fun creating your own pimento cheese recipe and sharing it with friends!