Whip up this speedy and irresistibly flavorful Southern Pimento Cheese in under ten minutes – a go-to crowd-pleaser among friends and family. Combining sharp cheddar, white cheddar, pimentos, and a medley of common kitchen staples with a cream cheese mayonnaise base, it creates a dip that stands out as one of the finest. In the midst of life’s hectic whirlwind, filled with bustling activities and the constant quest to balance it all, this delightful Quick Southern Pimento Cheese recipe comes to the rescue. Whether you’re a fan of crafting delectable dishes, sipping fine wine, or hosting occasional gatherings, this recipe is your ticket to culinary satisfaction in just ten minutes.
Prepare this incredibly tasty cheese dip in advance, store it in an airtight container, and give it a good stir before transferring it to a serving bowl. It pairs wonderfully with celery, carrots, crackers, and crostini. Use any leftovers to top baked potatoes or create a mouthwatering creamy grilled cheese sandwich.
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Hosting a party soon? With football season in full swing and fall and winter holidays approaching, you might find yourself in need of a unique and delicious appetizer. Elevate your party spread with a touch of Southern charm by introducing this irresistibly rich and cheesy Southern Pimento Cheese Spread. Also known as the “caviar of the south” or the “pate of the south,” this delightful Southern classic is the recipe you never knew you were missing.
My initial encounter with pimento cheese occurred in Kentucky, my current home. Prior to that moment, I had never tasted or even been aware of pimento cheese. From the first bite of this beloved Southern delicacy, I became captivated. Crafting your own pimento cheese spread is a breeze. Considering the escalating prices of pre-packaged spreads at grocery stores, where a mere 12 oz. can set you back $6-8, making it at home costs around $3 and undoubtedly surpasses the store-bought version in flavor!
WHAT IS THE NATURE OF PIMENTOS?
Pimentos belong to the chili pepper family, resembling bell peppers in their red hue but with a slightly sweeter and mildly spicy taste. Typically found in canned or jarred form, they are occasionally roasted. Additionally, they can be dried, ground, and transformed into the popular spice known as paprika. In this recipe, a small jar of pimentos will be utilized.
• To achieve the best texture and flavor, blend the ingredients with an electric mixer or spoon. Avoid using a food processor to maintain the spread’s desired texture. • Consider using roasted red pepper as a substitute for pimentos.
• Opt for real mayo in this recipe; Duke’s is my preferred choice.
• Keep the spread refrigerated and store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
• Pair it with saltines, Ritz crackers, crispy crackers, chips, or crostini.
• Spread it on small rye or white toasts for delightful tea sandwiches.
• Serve alongside veggies such as celery sticks, carrot sticks, and red bell peppers.
• Fill little steamed red potatoes after hollowing them out with a melon baller.
• Enjoy it with slices of bell pepper or cucumber.
• Incorporate it into a warm omelet for a flavorful twist.
• Pair it with sliced apples for a sweet and savory combination.
• Elevate your grilled cheese game by spreading it between slices of white bread and grilling it to perfection.
SPREAD THE DELICIOUSNESS!
Indulge in this delectable spread atop buttery, flaky crackers such as Ritz or a suitable alternative. Whether you’re hosting a party or just in need of an extra special tasty snack, this spread is the perfect choice. For a visually appealing touch, consider garnishing your serving bowl with finely chopped green onions or chives.
For a delightful twist to your usual sandwich, substitute this spread for mayo on your sandwich bread. One of my sons developed a strong affinity for pimento cheese after trying a store-bought version at Costco. While he’s not a fan of sandwiches in general, he now enjoys them in his packed school lunch, pairing the spread with shredded lettuce and pickles. He’s become my resident pimento cheese connoisseur and enthusiastically gave this homemade recipe a thumbs up, declaring it the “best pimento cheese” he’s ever tasted. It may be a bit biased, but I’ll gladly accept the praise.
In the South, it’s common to enjoy pimento cheese between slices of white bread for a classic sandwich. Alternatively, for a touch of Southern elegance, trim the edges off the bread and cut it into triangles for charming tea sandwiches. If you haven’t experienced the joy of pimento cheese on burgers, you’re truly missing out. Feel free to spread this delightful concoction on anything that welcomes cheese, and elevate your culinary experience with this delicious spread.
This pimento cheese spread doubles as a delightful dip! Experiment with dipping carrot or celery sticks for a delectably tempting guilty pleasure. Elevate your veggie game with a touch of indulgent cheesiness. Consider dipping corn chips or pretzel chips into a dollop of pimento spread for a unique treat. When serving it as a dip, ensure it’s at room temperature for easy dipping.
WHAT CAN I USE IN PLACE OF PIMENTOS?
While pimentos take the spotlight in this recipe, there are instances when they’re unavailable in stores, such as the current situation in January 2023. If you check the pickle section during your store visit, you might come up empty-handed. It seems there’s a shortage of pimentos at the moment, and finding jars of them in many grocery stores is a challenge.
Fortunately, you can substitute roasted red peppers, peppadew peppers, or jarred pimentos if you’re fortunate enough to have a jar on hand. Personally, for our New Year’s celebration a couple of weeks ago, I had to improvise with sweet roasted red peppers. I finely chopped them, and the spread still turned out delicious! In fact, my family didn’t even notice the substitution until I pointed it out. So feel free to continue making this spread with whatever alternative you can find. Happy New Year!
If you try this Classic Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe, let me know! and don’t forget to SAVE it for later
- 1 box (8 ounces) cream cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise (preferably Duke’s)
- 1 cup extra-sharp shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon mirin (optional)
- 1 (4 ounce) jar diced drained pimentos
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and mayo until smooth and creamy. Add cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and mirin (optional); beat until just blended. Stir in drained pimentos. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving.
- For optimal texture and flavor, use an electric mixer or spoon for mixing. Avoid using a food processor to preserve the spread's desired texture.
- Roasted red pepper can be substituted for pimentos.
- Use real mayo for this recipe, with Duke’s being the preferred choice.
- Store the spread in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.