Do we really need a spread that's primarily cheese and mayonnaise? In the case of pimento cheese, the answer is yes. My Texan wife turned me onto this Southern classic, which is simply a mixture of grated sharp cheddar, mayo, pimentos, cayenne, and hot sauce. There are variations on this, but the most simple form is our favorite.
The pimentos go a long way in defining the flavor against the cheesy, creamy base. The cayenne and hot sauce add a little heat as a secondary bite after the sharpness of the cheddar.
It does not help my health that this is delicious on so many things—sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, crackers, and celery just to name a few—but it's hard to resist not eating it all the time whenever we have a batch sitting in the fridge.
Pimento Cheese Recipe
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup mayonnaise
One 7-ounce jar pimentos, drained and finely diced
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 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.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 10 to 12|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 15g||19%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||13%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 14mg||71%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|