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Something new

It seems like several times a week as I take inventory of what's on hand in the refrigerator or freezer I discover various odds and ends that need to be used. Earlier this summer I discovered another recipe which uses a half block of cream cheese. The recipe was for a regional staple: Pimento Cheese. (Not all recipes call for cream cheese, and some people may be horrified at the thought.)

We did not eat Pimento Cheese when I was growing up in Ohio. I don't actually remember the first time that I tried it, but I do remember a friend in grad school who had just gotten married who was greatly relieved as a newlywed when her groom told her that she didn't need to plan lunches for him because he could "just eat a pimento cheese sandwich", as he had undoubtedly done while living with his parents or on his own.

I heard on the news last spring that Pimento Cheese sandwiches are sold every year at the Masters' golf tournament in Augusta, GA. Their version contains several types of cheese, including blue cheese. Here's an interesting article about it.

We went to a Farmer's Market this summer where a vendor sold several varieties of Pimento Cheese; some without pimentos, some made with smoked cheeses, and some with caramelized onions. I think the beauty of these spreads is that you can customize them to your taste preference.

Here are the ingredients for the recipe that I have been using, followed by the recipe:

Pimento Cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
dash paprika
2 oz. pimentoes, drained

Mix in a food processor the cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, and paprika. Then add the drained pimentos and pulse briefly. Chill before serving. If this seems to stiff after chilling stir in a little milk.

Rob likes to eat this on crackers or as a dip for vegetables. My favorite way to eat this is on a slice of whole wheat toast. It is good as a sandwich by itself or in combination with ham. I often make ham and pimento cheese sandwiches on a bun for Sunday night after church. I wrap each sandwich in foil and then put them in the crockpot right before we leave for church. They are nicely toasted by the time we get home.

My latest dilemma is what to do with all those cute little empty jars. 🙂

Do you like Pimento Cheese? What's your favorite way to eat it?


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3 Comments on “Something new”

  1. #1 Rhonda
    on Sep 3rd, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Pimento cheese sandwiches were a staple in my home growing up. It’s a southern specialty as far as I know, and even though I grew up in California, my parents were both from Alabama. Now I enjoy introducing our local college students to this delicacy. The northerners either love them or hate them. Last year we had a student from Wisconsin, an obvious lover of cheese of all types, who couldn’t get enough of them although she’d never had them before. My recipe is simple: shredded sharp cheddar cheese, pimentos, and mayo. We like them on hearty whole wheat bread. For a special treat, I’ll add bacon, lettuce, and tomato. We had that version once on vacation at a little, southern sandwich shop in Dahlonega, GA. The bacon with the cheese is scrumptious. Sometimes I’ll make a special batch for my husband and son-in-law that includes chopped jalepenos. They love anything spicy. We just can’t imagine life without pimento cheese! 🙂

  2. #2 Marilyn
    on Sep 11th, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I’m with you – never heard of it until I went south for college. But I am a convert and you have jogged my brain into a big crave time. I’ll have to see if I can get pimentos here, don’t know as I’ve never looked for it.

  3. #3 Deb
    on Sep 15th, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    i love pimento cheese and usually put it on a hamburger bun. Sometimes i buy the jalapeno variety of pimento cheese from Costco. That’s spicy and delicious!

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