I grew up in northern Virginia, which is basically the only part of the state that’s not considered the part of the South, but I’ve always loved Southern food. One of my favorite Southern foods is pimento cheese, which is often referred to as “the pâté of the South.” Made from sharp Cheddar, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and jarred pimentos, pimento cheese is wonderful on crackers, crudités, sandwiches, or even burgers. It makes a fabulous party dip but don’t wait for a special occasion to make it; you’ll love having a jar in the fridge for everyday snacking. Be sure to use a good quality mayonnaise, such as Hellmann’s, Duke’s or Best Foods, and grate the cheese from a fresh block, as pre-shredded bagged cheese has a powdery coating to keep it from clumping together.
What you’ll Need To Make Pimento Cheese
I think it’s easiest to make pimento cheese in a food processor but no worries if you don’t have one; you can easily make it in a mixer or by hand.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Process until smooth and evenly combined.
Remove the blade, scraping any of the mixture back into the bowl. Switch to the grating blade.
Cut the Cheddar cheese into pieces that will fit into the feed tube. With the machine running, add the cheese through the feed tube until it is all grated in.
Transfer the contents of the food processor to a large mixing bowl and add the diced pimentos.
Stir everything together to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
Serve with crackers or crudités and enjoy!
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- Black Bean Dip
- Creamy Whipped Feta Dip
- Smoked Salmon Dip
- Cheese Ball (AKA “Party Magnet”)
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