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To muse upon mayo, pimentos, and sharp cheese.

FoodFuser Oct 23, 2011 07:20 PM

At no time in my youth did I e'er take for granted the daily availability of good pimento cheese.

My mama and aunts always kept a sweet tub on hand.

So now these days, do you buy it, or just how do you make it?

  1. lawhound05 Oct 23, 2011 08:44 PM

    Definitely make it - it's easy, and so much better than store bought. Shred some sharp cheddar, a small jar of pimentos (drained), a few dashes of hot sauce, a smidge of chopped garlic, and a couple or three tablespoons of Blue Plate mayo, just enough to hold it all together. Heaven!

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      suburban_mom Oct 24, 2011 08:28 PM

      My recipe is close to this but I use cayenne instead of hot sauce. I have a group of friends who insist I make it for our girls nights.

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      jlhinwa Oct 23, 2011 08:53 PM

      We just rediscovered the joy of pimento cheese when my husband decided to make some. Mayo, jar of pimentos and sharp cheddar. Not sure what else he put in it but it was quite tasty and one of those "blast from the past" moments of pure food bliss.

      1. jmcarthur8 Oct 24, 2011 07:16 PM

        Sharp cheddar, chopped roasted red peppers and Duke's. That's all. I've lived in Georgia long enough to know not to mess with perfection.

        1. Michelly Oct 25, 2011 09:08 AM

          I use Saveur Faire's recipe:
          1/2 lb extra sharp cheddar, finely grated, 4 oz pimentos, drained and diced, 4 oz block cream cheese, rm. temp., 3/8 c mayo, 1 t garlic salt, 1/8 t (or more) cayenne
          Beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Makes 2 c.

          I try not to make it that often because then I EAT THE WHOLE THING!

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            Cathy Oct 25, 2011 09:45 AM

            Similar to the above recipes: Sharp cheddar, pimentoes (whole and chopped) (either cream cheese or mayo, depending on what is in the fridge) plus horseradish.

            1. jmckee Oct 25, 2011 09:58 AM

              The late Reynolds Price wrote about this dish -- mayo, pimentos, and grated cheddar. If you can find his little essay, it's worth reading (I have it in "A Gracious Plenty" from the Southern Foodways Alliance).

              1. Aabacus Oct 25, 2011 11:24 AM

                Hand grated (well, food processor grated) extra sharp cheddar, pimentos until I'm happy with the color and flavor, a few drobs of mayo until it spreads flawlessly....
                Then....
                Bread
                Hamburgers
                Hot Dogs
                Crackers
                Etc.

                I even got my 11 year old hooked on it...the tradition continues!

                1. viperlush Oct 25, 2011 11:44 AM

                  First introduced to it this summer as a small bite at a restaurant's bar. Served with crackers and spicy pickled veggies. This fall tried to order a pimento cheese sandwich at a local vegetarian restaurant only to learn that it was a seasonal offering and not avaliable:(. Took it upon myself to make some.

                  Shredded sharp cheddar, 1/2 jar of pimento w/some juice, a spoonful of mayo, and a dash of siracha.

                  1. smithareeny Oct 25, 2011 11:52 AM

                    Sharp Cheddar, Hellmann's Mayo, Chopped Pimentos, Grated Onion & Worcestershire Sauce.

                    1. FoodFuser Oct 27, 2011 08:50 AM

                      And what of cracked pepper?

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