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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pimento Cheese Heaven


If ever a food deserved to be in heaven, it would be pimento cheese, hands-down,  
in my way of thinking!



Pimento cheese entered my life when I was a kid and we moved to Louisville and the love affair took off.  Like most Southerners, I grew up with pimento cheese.  I adored it when Mom made it and it was a staple in our home.    You go to a party, a church picnic, an afternoon tea or a little lunch-counter diner in the South, you will surely find pimento cheese there.  It’s akin to sweet tea as far as southern hospitality goes. 

The spread is made of a few good ingredients:  sharp cheddar cheese, pimentos, a little onion and Worcestershire sauce and mayo blended together.  It's delicious served on plain old white bread, on crackers or even spread on celery.

If you’ve never eaten pimento cheese before, I strongly suggest you don’t delay in trying it!  By the way, it’s pronounced, "puh-men-a" cheese.  


Pimento Cheese

Ingredients:

1 pound extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (4-ounce) jar pimentos, drained
½ medium onion, grated
½ cup mayonnaise, approximately
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Method:

Cut the cheddar cheese into large chunks.
Place in food processor and pulse long enough to make small chunks.
Do not process it smooth into a puree.
Remove to a bowl.
Add remaining ingredients, how ever much mayo you desire.
Blend well.
Serve

Pimento cheese is Southern paté!




24 comments:

  1. I love Pimento Cheese on crackers. Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. Pam, you're blog page looks awesome. I'm loving it. This recipe I'll have to admit at first glance sounded a little off for my personal taste. HOWEVER, on finishing the read, I think I may even try it. Yep, you will have converted this old gal. Cool Beans! Take care, Keri from www.samwich365.com and www.alwayscurtsywhenyousneeze.com

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  3. Love this stuff~but never knew how to make it.
    Thanks for providing a recipe for a long forgotten favorite!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this Southern delicacy...looks so cheesy and yumm

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  5. Well, I'm a Yankee at heart - grew up in Massachusetts and have never tried Pimento Cheese. I can't even say that it appeals to me. Isn't it funny how our prejudices about certain foods come about. A lot depends on what we tasted as a child and what is familiar to us.

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  6. never tried Pimento chees......it looks very good.
    What is Cheddar cheese?

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  7. Linda, me too! I love just about any way!

    Keri, hope you try it; just maybe I will have one convert! I will be checking out your other blog and have a good day!

    Corgidogmama, now you can make it! It's an oldie but goody for sure!

    Gulmohar, it is very cheesy and delicious!

    Karen, too funny! Guess I won't be converting you with this! You're so right with it depending on what we had way back when.

    Zia Elle, cheddar cheese is made from cow's milk and is a semi-hard cheese from mild to extra sharp in flavor and ranges from off-white to yellow. It's great and one of my favorites!

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  8. I have to admit I've never had pimento cheese before, but I'm definitely going to try it soon :)

    http://www.loveandbistros.com

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  9. Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, glad I don't have to convince you! :-) Have a good day!

    Margarita, great! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Oh PAM !!!!!

    I'm so excited !

    I spent some time in the USA - years back at Kentucky Horse Shoeing School in Louisville and lived in the dorms whilst studying.

    I found this tub cheese stuff with spicy peppers in the local store and practically lived on the stuff for weeks with the softest and most amazing fluffy bagels I've ever had the pleasure of eating.

    Bagels here are more akin to rocks !

    To buy pimentos is what - cherry bell peppers ? If so I think they call that Peppadew here.

    I SO need to make this and can't wait to go shopping tomorrow. I think I'll maybe also have a go at making home made bagels too ...

    I can't thank you enough for posting this :-)

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  11. it looks so good! I've never had it before, but I think I have to try! I bet my book club would enjoy this! Thanks for the recipe!

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  12. I too am surprised people do not know about pimento cheese.

    I love it.

    Cheers!

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  13. Never heard of it, but is sounds delish! I'll have to give that a try the next time we have friends over - looks like a tasty party spread.

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  14. Pimento cheese is southern pate and I love it. I think your recipe here is very similar to mine. Good stuff:D

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  15. Sarah-Jane, that sounds great when you lived in Louisville! It's definitely the place for anything connected with horses. And you know exactly what I'm talking about with pimento cheese. Yes, pimentos are the small sweet cherry peppers. Don't think I'd care for the rocky bagels though. ;) Have fun shopping and I hope you give this a try and like it as much as I do! Thank you for stopping by!

    Dishesdone, this makes a great appetizer spread! Serve it on bread, crackers or celery also. At parties, it is a lot of times on white bread as a sandwich with crusts removed and cut diagonally and then into fourths. That would be a great thing for your book club!

    Lazaro Cook! You're right! I guess it is all about where you grew up or live! Like I said, it's the south's answer to pate!

    Me, Myself and Pie, if you like cheese, you should love this. Give it a try and see how much they like it!

    Kim, I'm glad you know a good thing when you have it! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Hello Pam

    well - I've been shopping and bought extra hot cherry bell peppers ... so I reckon I'll be makin this for sure sometime over the weekend.

    My OH is away camping for the weekend - so I'm at home with my toddler. I'd LOVE to try making my own bagels to go with it too, but perhaps that is too much like wishful thinking with a toddler around and no extra hands.

    I'll try and blog it and cross reference next week. x

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  17. Sarah-Jane, way to go! I hope you like it! That sounds great if you would do the bagels also. Yum! Here's hoping your toddler takes naps and you have the time! :-) Let me know! You and your little one have a great weekend!

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  18. We have very little cheese available in the store here! Maybe I'll check the supermarket when I go for shopping next time! I believe that such a heavenly recipe indeed! Have a fabulous day!
    Cheers, Kristy

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  19. hey Pam -

    I've made it and blogged it with my photo. I've also linked to your blog and copied and credited your recipe. I hope you don't mind.

    If you prefer me to remove, please let me know

    Unfortunately, time didn't allow for bagels. Another day....

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  20. My Little Space, we are so lucky here with so many varieties of cheese being available here, especially the good cheese from Wisconsin!

    Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com, that's fine with me! I hope you liked it! So now I'm off to see your version! Thanks so much!

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  21. My MIL makes a similar cheese and it is really delicious.
    Mimi

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  22. Mimi, that's wonderful! Have a good day!

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  23. I make a couple of batches a month; true comfort food. And if they have pimento cheese in heaven, they're spreading it on Olde Cape Cod crackers!

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