Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Simple Pimento Cheese Recipe

Simple Pimento Cheese Recipe HollieAnnBowe
Ever since touching down from South Carolina, I've been dreaming of pimento cheese. It's a  cheese and pepper spread and is a southern staple found on almost every menu. It's an absolute must and I've wanted to recreate since my first mouthful. I left the states with countless home recipes from the gorgeous locals but I tell you, there were so many variations that I didn't know where to start. With that in mind, I wanted to simplify it using ingredients that I was actually able to source - I did have a bit of trouble sourcing the pimento peppers but in the end, I found them in Costco, unbelievable.

Ingredients 

200g Extra Strong Mature Cheddar
200g Mature Cheddar
1 Small Jar of Pimentos, diced. 
60ml Mayonnaise (For me, Heinz is the one)
1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
8-10 Drops of Hot Sauce (I used Tabasco)

You can use any cheese you like but the idea is to have one strong and one mild. At this stage, you can also add pepper to taste and some finely chopped parsley if that's your style.

Method

In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the grated cheeses. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to ensure it's mixed together. Cover and pop it in the fridge for an hour before serving. It keeps good for a couple of days after that and this will make about 400ml or half a bowl. 

You can serve it however you like. In the South, I mostly saw it served with Ritz crackers but I've also tried it with Jacobs Cream Crackers. I've also been told you can spread it on a sandwich but for me, crackers are the way.
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I'm interested to know if you've ever tried Pimento Cheese or if it sounds up your street. To my surprise, my wife loves it so I hope you will too. As I said, there are so many different variations of this recipe so choose one that suits you.

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