Pimento cheese, that southern caviar spread, is delicious in its classic form and even more so with added ingredients. Just a few simple add-ins of cream cheese, pecans, jalapenos, and seasonings can take this quintessential pate’ to the next level of flavor!
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There’s no need in buying the pre-packaged pimento cheese when you can make it fresh with this easy recipe. This is one of my husband’s favorite foods and his mother makes the best. When asked how she makes it, I got the “with some of this and some of that” answer. So after experimenting in the kitchen with some of this and some of that, here is what I came up with, and then some!
Pimento Cheese, Let Me Count The Ways
Oh, how many ways can we eat this pimento cheese? Here are just a few:
In a sandwich
On a celery stick
On a cracker
Dipped with a chip
Rolled in a tortilla with meat
Melted on a baked potato
In your grits!
Stuffed in a boiled egg
Or simply on a spoon
And with a few more ingredients you can make your pimento cheese even more appealing.
Just Mix And Eat
Start your southern caviar with a chunk of good, sharp cheddar cheese and use the whole jar of chopped pimento. No draining here. You want a moist and flavorful spread.
Oh, and if time permits, grate your own cheese because it just tastes better and helps build muscles!
After stirring together cheese, mayo, pimento, garlic, and salt you can stop here and enjoy the classic version which is so much better than the store-bought containers.
Or, continue by adding cream cheese (which brings more creaminess and a different cheesy flavor), chopped pecans, onion powder, and yes . . . cayenne pepper!
Or, chop up a large jalapeño pepper, with or without the seeds, and stir into the classic recipe with some cream cheese. You know the seeds add more heat so it’s your choice on how hot you want it!
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