Thursday, July 22, 2010

Southern Pimento Cheese Spread

It's Foodie Friday time again.  Today, I am posting a recipe for one of my favorite summer time foods-pimento cheese.  One of my greatest food regrets is not getting my mother's pimento cheese spread recipe before she passed away.  After years of trying different combinations, this one reminds me the most of hers. This has a little bite to it. So make a batch for your summer time family reunion, bridal or baby shower, or girls' luncheon.
1 8 oz. block* of extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 8 oz block* of sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/3 cups mayonnaise
1 4oz jar diced pimento
1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon grated onion
1/8 teaspoon red pepper

* Block cheese is a must.  Preshredded does not work nearly as well!

1.  In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pimento, Worchestershire sauce, grated onion, and red pepper.
2.  Grate the cheese using two graters-one with a  small shredding side and one with a large shredding side.
For instance, grate the extra sharp cheese using the small size and the sharp cheddar cheese on the large size.
3.  Add the grated cheeses to the mayo mixture.  Stir thoroughly and chill for several hours. (I use a hand mixer.)  For a creamier texture, add more mayonnaise.
4.  Enjoy!

This will make almost  4cups of pimento spread..

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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I am wild about pimento cheese! Oooooh! I am so happy to have this recipe! I am thinking of using it to make a roulade en crote... or better yet... just eating it out of the bowl! YUMMY!!!!

Beth said...

That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Joan!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That sounds like a delicious cheesy recipe! I love pimento too.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Joan, there is nothing I love better than good pimento cheese. This looks SO good. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

Happy FF...


Sheila :-)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Joan, this is new to me but I should probably try it as I like all the ingredients! I enjoyed your Hallmark photos. I have quite a few but I'm trying not to be tempted by the new ones. Seeing them on your blog is a safe way to window shop! Linda

Mickey said...

Love pimento spread but have never made it at home. It has to be better than store bought. I might just try this one. Thanks.

Melodie said...

I don't think these kinds of things should be relegated to Xmas and bridal showers. I think people should eat these way more often. And yet I myself only ever seem to et and enjoy them at events. Sigh. I invite you to link this up at my Vegetarian Food Fridays if you like. I'd love to have you.
~Melodie ~

Paula said...

I love pimento cheese! I need to get some good cheese from the cheese shop and try your recipe.

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

This sounds lovely - perfect for summer entertaining. Thank you for sharing it!

Jane said...

Every true "southern" woman has a pimiento cheese recipe. I don't know how we could live without this food.

Jane (artfully graced)

Teresa said...

I enjoy pimento cheese from time to time but I don't have a recipe so I can make my own. Thanks for sharing yours!

More Entertaining Women said...

Oh, my oh my oh my! One of my all time childhood favorites!! Thank you for this recipe! I agree. Nothing like shredding cheese yourself. It's different and better. LOVE your blog and thank you so much for visiting mine and leaving such a nice comment! I will look forward to reading yours often! Blessings for a wonderful weekend. Cindy

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

I am happy to see your recipe because, believe it or not, I have never had pimento spread! I am a cheese lover and this sounds so yummy!
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