Growing up, I thought pimento cheese was nasty. It probably had to do with the fact I hated mayonnaise or anything resembling mayo as a binder. But still, my lack of devouring pimento cheese sandwiches at baby showers and bible studies was worthy of a Southern 'Bless Your Heart'. Somewhere along the lines of my college education deep in the heart of Georgia, I gave it another try and lo and behold- it was delicious. Why had I never liked the stuff to begin with? For shame!
It always seemed like an elusive recipe and I didn't know anyone close to me who made it regularly, so I never thought to ask. However- this stuff is like liquid gold in the grocery store. At least $5 for a small container. Today I finally remembered to buy diced pimentos, which I never realized were a small, sweet red pepper also known as a cherry pepper. (Who knows what I thought I was eating...) Then I discovered this stuff is insanely easy to make. (And much rejoicing was to be had!) Seriously- less than 5 minutes if your cheese is already shredded.
What Do I Need?
- 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 oz Mascarpone cheese (Or substitute cream cheese)
- 7 oz pimentos, diced ( I found mine in the canned veggie section at Kroger for $2)
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 TBSP garlic powder
- 1 TBSP mustard (I didn't have dry mustard, which is commonly used, so I just used the Dijon mustard in the fridge)
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- Other additions depending on your preferences: Worcestershire Sauce, onion powder, bacon, mayo, jalapeños
What Do I Do?
- Soften the cream cheese in a large bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds if you're like me and forget to leave it out on the counter to soften.
- Add in the pimentos, mustard, and spices, then combine.
- Add in the shredded cheddar cheese, combine.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. You also may need to adjust your other spices depending on the flavor you'd like!
- Seriously. That's it.