Southern Snacks- Pimento Cheese

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.

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Pimento Cheese

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? 

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  1. 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.  
  2. Add in the pimentos, mustard, and spices, then combine.
  3. Add in the shredded cheddar cheese, combine. 
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. You also may need to adjust your other spices depending on the flavor you'd like! 
  5. Seriously. That's it.