What Southerner doesn’t like pimento cheese? Better yet, homemade pimento cheese. Even if you’re not a Southerner but live in the South, this is a recipe you should learn and make often. It’s a great appetizer that preps your pallet for some a wonderful fresh fish dinner from the Carolina Meat & Fish Co.

HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE

Spread this on anything for a zippy, tangy, creamy boost.

Why This Recipe Works: The first few attempts were missing something. After a bit more research, we found several versions of this dish that benefit from a small shot of pickle juice because of its vinegary, sour flavor. This recipe needs a lot of stirring before the mixture starts to resemble pimento cheese, but don’t give up if it’s looking dry; after some vigorous stirring, the cheese and liquid ingredients start to combine and smooth out. But don’t over mix and make it too smooth–those small, cheesy lumps are what gives pimento cheese its characteristic texture.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

¾ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
2½ tablespoons pimento chilies
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon pickle juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Using fork, stir vigorously until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper.

It takes a bunch of stirs before the mixture starts to resemble pimento cheese. But don’t give up if it’s looking dry; after some vigorous stirring, the cheese and liquid ingredients start to combine and smooth out. But don’t over mix and make it too smooth–those small, cheesy lumps are what gives pimento cheese its characteristic texture.

Pimento cheese is traditionally paired with crackers (saltines or Ritz crackers) or white bread. It also makes a mean grilled cheese, as a burger topping, or mixed into scrambled eggs.

Enjoy and tell us how yours turned out and what you paired it with, especially the wine you paired it with. Also, if you’re ever in Charleston, SC you must visit a little dive with the best food and the best homemade pimento cheese at Dixie’s Supply & Bakery, so good! Or better yet, try Queen Charlotte Pimento Cheese, a Ballantyne local product made by school teacher, John Morgan.

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