Pimento cheese is a common food preparation in the Southern United States, a spread or relish made with cheese. It is affectionately known as “the caviar of the South”. The basic recipe has few ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese or processed cheese (such as Velveeta or American cheese), mayonnaise, pimentos, salt and pepper, blended to either a smooth or chunky paste. Regional ingredients include cream cheese, Louisiana-style hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, paprika, jalapeños, onions, garlic, and dill pickles.
A pimento cheese sandwich may be a quick and inexpensive lunch for children, or it may be served as a cocktail finger food (with crusts trimmed, garnished with watercress, and cut into triangles) or rolled up and cut into pinwheels. It is also a common snack in the Philippines, where it is referred to as cheese pimento.
- 450 g sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 200 g jar pimentos, drained and finely diced
- ½ teaspoon chilli sauce
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a medium bowl mix together cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, hot sauce, and cayenne.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.