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Every good southern woman should have a homemade Pimento Cheese recipe in her back pocket! With the recipe from my grandmother’s recipe box and a few tests in the kitchen, I made some of the best we’ve ever had!
It’s another beautiful Monday down here on the North Carolina Virginia state line. I only say it’s a beautiful Monday morning because I’m snuggled up on my couch. My puppies are cuddled with me while the snow falls outside and my fireplace burns on the other side of the living room.
I use to hate Mondays, but this whole working from home on Monday deal is really giving me a whole new outlook on Mondays. 🙂 Well, I mean I still have to work but it’s not so bad when you can do so in your pjs and fuzzy socks.
“Every good southern woman should have a homemade Pimento Cheese recipe in her back pocket!”
This is the second time it’s snowed this year (if you don’t count Friday since that was just a little flurry) and everyone is already going crazy. I’m telling ya, once the snow starts to fall it’s like everyone here looses their dang mind. I just tend to keep to myself when it snows while avoiding the roads and stores. I don’t really mind the snow but I know there are a lot of people that hate it. If I had to get out there and deal with the crazies during the snow I’d hate it too.
I do hate it for Thomas though. He doesn’t really get “snow days”. When it starts snowing he knows that he’s getting ready to have to start working even more. He got called into work last night around 8pm and didn’t get home from plowing snow until 3 this morning. He got into bed at 3 and was back up with his alarm at 6:30 am to start working again. 🙁 I’ve got my fingers crossed that he’ll get to come home early today and get some rest.
But that’s enough talk about all that, let’s get onto the Homemade Pimento Cheese! I found an old Homemade Pimento Cheese recipe in my grandmother’s recipe box a while ago, made a few small changes (like the amount of mayo and garlic) and came out on the other side with some of the best homemade pimento cheese that I’ve had in a very long time.
“…..an old Pimento cheese recipe I found in my grandmother’s recipe box up got an update…..”
I’m not sure where you’re at when you’re reading this or if you’re from the south or not but Pimento Cheese is a thing around here. Pimento Cheese is like a BIG thing around here, it’s almost as important at the perfect homemade chicken salad recipe. (Which I have yet to master).
I mean, if you go to a baby shower, wedding shower or house warming shower, you better believe that there will be little Pimento Cheese sandwiches or Pimento Cheese Rolls right alongside of the chicken salad sandwiches. If you’re planning a menu for a little party and the question is “What kind of little finger foods should we have?”, you should already know to put down little chicken salad sandwiches and little Pimento Cheese sandwiches before you move onto anything else; they’re just a given!
“Pimento Cheese is a southern party staple!!”
Let me be honest with you though, I haven’t always been a fan.
When I was little I couldn’t get over the orange color. Ok, I know that sounds weird because I was born in the 80s and grew up in the 90s, everything was colored. Our foods were dyed, purple, blue, green, red and every other color known to man. But something about this orange “Pimento Cheese” spread just wasn’t in the cards for me and I had no interest in trying it, that is until I got a little older and wanted to seem a little more “fancy” at gatherings. haha
Even then, I’d only get like one little Pimento Cheese sandwich and nibble on it while I secretly eyed the butter-mints and sheet cakes squares.*
Heck, I really didn’t even know what was in this cheese spread when I was younger. I knew that it was some type of cheese stuff but I didn’t even know that a Pimento was a pepper until like 6 or 7 years ago. Oops…..
I didn’t start to like Pimento Cheese until I got older, Thomas didn’t even care to try it until we just happened to see it on the menu at the bistro last year.
“……after we tried it from the bistro downtown….”
When we moved into the apartment last fall, we were so happy to be able to walk to a couple of the restaurants downtown.
I have to admit that it’s pretty sweet to be able to walk, hand in hand, down from the apartment to a fancy little dinner date the bistro. <3
But anyways, when we were there for dinner on night, Thomas ordered the fried green tomatoes topped with Pimento Cheese! This totally took me by surprise because he’s not a Pimento Cheese cheese guy, he’s not into anything that’s made with mayo! However, he says that he’s trying to be even more willing to try new foods so he thought he’d give them a try.
Let me tell you, Fried Green Tomatoes are delicious (we already knew that) but topping them with Pimento Cheese is phenomenal. Is phenomenal an ok word for them? Too Much? Well it’s what I’m going with!
After I found out that Thomas would actually eat Pimento Cheese I decided to make it at home. I flipped through my grandma’s recipe box and found one that she has written out on an old index card. Perfect. 🙂
I didn’t add quite as much mayo since I know Thomas isn’t really a fan and I did add a bit more garlic because well, it’s garlic. haha. It turned out so good. I packed up a few tubs to take to the office with me for taste testing and that was that. I now have a “go-to” homemade Pimento Cheese recipe!
Going to make this at home? Try it with crackers, make a sandwich or heat that up and bit and make a grilled cheese with it! I mean this dip on crackers is good but smearing it inside of a sweet Hawaiian roll is amazing.
If you love Pimento cheese, take a look at these recipes because they all either use it in the recipe OR are flavored recipes! I’m in love with all of them!
- Southern Pimento Cheeseburger from Oh Sweet Basil
- Pimento Cheese BLT Wrap from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen
- Chicken Broccoli Skillet with Pimento Cheese Sauce from Southern Plate
- Pimento Cheese Stuffed Buttermilk Biscuits from It’s Yummi
**You don’t have to use THESE brands but there are a few that I love**
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 4 ounces diced pimentos, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
- With an electric mixer, mix the cheddar cheese and cream cheese together. Mix for 2-3 minutes.
- Add in the mayo and mix.
- Add in the garlic powder, paprika, onion powder and dry mustard. Stir everything together.
- Mix in the pimentos.
- Refrigerate for at least 10-15 minutes before serving.
Source: Ma's Recipe Box
Serving Size:1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
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