Pimento cheese is signature Southern US culinary icon that is often referred to as the “caviar of the South”. The popularity of this unique spread is largely confined to states below the Mason-Dixon line, where it is widely considered a quality Southern delicacy.
Pimento cheese is made of sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, chopped pimentos, salt and pepper. Some regional variations include cream cheese cayenne pepper, jalapenos, onions, garlic, dill pickles, Worcestershire sauce, paprika or hot sauce.
How to use Pimento cheese
Pimento cheese can be served as a spread on crackers or celery, scooped in corn chips or tortilla chips, mixed in with mashed yolks for deviled eggs, added to grits, or slathered over hamburgers or hotdogs. Pimento cheese is often used to replace sliced cheese in grilled cheese sandwiches.
Where to Find Pimento cheese
Pimento cheese is fairly easy to make and find across the United States. If you do not live in the States, you may be surprised to know you can import it online at Amazon.com.
Pimento Cheese Toasts
There is always a crock of pimento cheese in any southern kitchen you visit. There is hardly any southerner who doesn’t have a thing to share bout how their mum made pimento cheese. There is surely something magical about a pimento cheese for it to be so loved by every southerner.
This recipe comes in several variations. I happen to have tried some of them, and this is my favorite. For a softer spread you can add lots of mayonnaise so as to create that awesome consistency. This appetizer is quick, easy and delicious.
How to Prepare a Pimento Cheese Toasts – Scott Peacock’s recipe, Gourmet
- 24 oz sharp white and orange cheddar
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne
- 1 cup of roasted red pepper finely diced
- 3/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 baguette
- Preheat Broiler
Slice a baguette into 1/3 inch rounds, carefully toast each side so as not to burn, and place in a foiled baking sheet.
Then grate half of each cheese on the rough side of the grater. Use the fine side of the grater to grate the rest of the cheese, and mix them all in a bigger bowl.
Dry the pimentos and take out any seed. Dice them properly and add into the cheese mixture. Add mayonnaise, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper as per your taste and stir.
Refrigerate for about one hour so as to prevent the mixture from pouring out of the toast when broiling.
Have your mixture spread out on toast and placed for about two minutes on broiler for it to get bubbly and hot.
And it is ready to serve. Please serve immediately.
Do not forget that the quantity of mayonnaise you can add all depends on your taste. I personally love a drier spread more compared to a moist spread.
When you grate the cheese into 2 sizes, it makes it a great recipe for sandwich, broiling or for using cold on crackers. You could divide the recipe into two.
Pimento Cheese Sandwich – This is one you should try it you haven’t. With just 2 slices of white bread spread lots of cheese on the sandwich and have fun.
Other ways to Prepare Pimento Cheese
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