In the category of comfort food, especially comfort snacks, good pimento cheese is a staple for me. I honestly crave it. However, not all pimento cheese is created equal - meaning that it certainly is not all good.
As with most things, homemade is best, and when you make a batch of homemade pimento cheese for your Book Club and one of the members tells you that she can’t stop eating it - you know you struck gold. I was honestly throwing things in a bowl that I thought would make the stuff good, but this is why I always take notes when I am cooking and write everything down.
People say that every “good Southern woman” has her own pimento cheese recipe. I guess now I do too.
This pimento cheese is thick and creamy, with a rich texture from the addition of cream cheese. It isn’t loaded with mayo, and has a nice bite from the dollop of tangy mustard I included (a tip from a coworker). It is perfect on warm pita or crackers, but pretzels are my favorite thing to dip - and of course it makes a killer sandwich. When I really want to kick it up a notch and turn my pimento cheese into a meal, I add a little crispy bacon and fresh tomato to my sandwich. There isn’t much better than that.
Prep Time = 10 minutes / Active Time = 20 minutes / Total Time = 30 minutes
- 1 cup Cabot Seriously Sharp, grated
- 1 cup Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp, grated
- 7 ounces diced roasted red peppers
- 1/4 cup Duke's mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Grey Poupon dijon mustard
- 1 cup cream cheese
- sea salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- 1/4 teaspoon horseradish
- 4 teaspoons garlic powder
- 4 teaspoons onion powder
I decided to use a stand mixer to combine all of my ingredients. It isn't a must have, but it does help to achieve a creamy pimento cheese.
- Finely grate both blocks of cheese until you have 1 cup of each. Combine in the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
- Dice up roasted red pepper into small chunks. Add to cheese mixture.
- Add mayonnaise, mustard and cream cheese.
- Mix on low until well combined.
- Add generous amounts of salt and pepper, followed by Worcestershire, horseradish, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix until well combined.
Have a pimento cheese recipe you love? Share it with me in the comments section!