Pimento Cheese

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.

Pimento Cheese
Pimento cheese can be served as a spread on crackers or celery, scooped onto corn chips or tortilla chips, mixed in with mashed yolks for deviled eggs, added to grits, or slathered over hamburgers or hotdogs. Pimento cheese can also be used to replace the sliced cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich.
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  • 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
  1. In a medium bowl mix together cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, hot sauce, and cayenne.
  2. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
This recipe makes about 3 cups.

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