When I think about sandwiches and the South, I automatically think about pimento cheese. This iconic Southern menu item is great slathered between two pieces of soft white bread, piled onto a stalk of celery, smeared on a cracker, and even more delicious… melted over burgers and hotdogs! And while there are lots of folks that don’t even know what a pimento is, we Southerners grew up on the stuff – though it’s rarely called pimento cheese. We usually refer to it as pimenter cheese, in true Southern twang. And every Southerner has a different recipe for the orange gooey deliciousness. Well, here’s mine. And though the addition of cream cheese is not traditional, it sure does make from some creamy spread!
- 1 lb block sharp cheddar
- 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 4oz jar chopped pimentos, drained
- 2 tablespoons grated onion
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- salt to taste
- Grate cheese. Don’t use the pre-shredded, bagged stuff here. While it’s great for some recipes, it’s coated with powdered stuff that keeps the cheese from sticking together in the bag and it can really throw off the texture of something like pimento cheese.
- Combine shredded cheddar, cream cheese, mayo, pimentos, grated onion, black pepper, and garlic. Stir to combine.
- Add salt to taste.