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HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE

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I love pimento cheese. There, I said it. If you’re not from the South, you might be wondering, “What is pimento cheese?” Pimento cheese is a classic Southern cheddar cheese and pimento pepper dip. It’s affectionately referred to as “pâté du Sud,” or Southern pâté. Pimento cheese is creamy and cheesy, tangy, peppery (spicy if you wish), and spreadable. If you appreciate cheddar cheese, pimento cheese is going to be your new favorite party dip and sandwich spread.  My grandmother, Mimi, made pimento cheese when I was little. I was a picky eater back then, but at least I had the good sense to appreciate her pimento cheese. I order pimento cheese every time I find it on a menu, which to my delight, seems to be happening more frequently these days.I tried to find Mimi’s recipe in her handwritten recipe books, which are among my treasured possessions, along with her ring that I’m wearing on my left hand. I got lost in nostalgia and found my great-aunt’s Jell-o cucumber salad recipe, but not Mimi’s pimento cheese

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
4 ounces diced pimentos, drained
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard

 

INSTRUCTIONS

With an electric mixer, mix the cheddar cheese and cream cheese together. Mix for 2-3 minutes.

Add in the mayo and mix.

Add in the garlic powder, paprika, onion powder and dry mustard. Stir everything together.

Mix in the pimentos.

Refrigerate for at least 10-15 minutes before serving.

PREP TIME: 10M

TOTAL TIME: 10M

YIELD: ABOUT 2.5 CUPS

 

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