Pimento cheese is a southern favorite and there are as many ways to make it as there are southern cooks. Each cook has her own idea of how pimento cheese should taste. My Gran was a pimento cheese purist, only extra sharp shredded cheddar, pimentos, mayonnaise, salt and pepper could be used. My Mother is almost the same way, she uses sharp and mild cheddar cheese. Without a doubt, their pimento cheese is delicious, whether spread on a slice of fresh bread, celery stick. or just a cracker, their version is delightful.
My love for cooking comes from these talented women, but sometimes I tend to push the boundaries. I will never turn my back on their version of pimento cheese, but will continue to try other tasty variations.
This is a quick favorite suitable for any time of year, but as the weather warms and time is shorter, this is my fallback method.
2 cups shredded cheese blend (for this version I am using a Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, Asadero Cheese and Monterrey Jack blend)
2/3 cups mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped pimento peppers or roasted red peppers
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Place all of the ingredients in the bowl and mix with a fork until all ingredients are mixed. Serve on bread, crackers, or celery sticks. How easy is that? We like to keep these sandwiches ready made in the summer as a quick lunch to go.
The ingredients can be changed to suit your tastes. Sometimes sliced jalapeno peppers are added to the cheese, or different varieties of cheeses are used. If you are counting calories, lower fat mayonnaise can be used. The possibilities are endless.
Yes, I know that this can be purchased in the grocery store, but why buy it when I can make it and customize it to our tastes at the moment? Besides, it will not have the wonderful, fresh, homemade taste that this sandwich has!
There have been times that I cheated and used cheese that was purchased grated, some days time is short and I must do things to save time. If you want the old fashioned taste, take the time to grate the cheese and taste the difference. Play with additions, some people choose to put onion, or sweet pickles in their pimento cheese, try a dash or more of hot sauce for another flavor variation. Vary the choice of bread, or place a slice in the oven until the cheese is melted. Different cheese will produce different flavors, the sky is the limit! Take this recipe and make it yours!
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