Pimiento Cheese Spread

Whip up a Southern inspired sandwich your family will love.

Becky Low shares her recipe for a delicious pimiento cheese sandwich.

Pimiento Cheese Spread
2 cups shredded cheese
1 jar (4-oz) bottled pimientos, including juice
½ cup mayonnaise
¼-1 teaspoon garlic powder, to taste

Combine all ingredients and mix well. For a finer texture, use an electric mixer or food processor. If you can wait long enough, refrigerate to blend flavors and firm up the spread. Spread on slices of white bread, remove crusts and cut into sandwich triangles.

Pimiento cheese spread/dip is a favorite comfort food across the South; its a staple sandwich spread as popular as peanut butter and jelly. It may be found in kids lunches, at prestigious golf tournaments and dainty teas, in pubs with beer and on breakfast buffets. Although the recipe is basic the variations make it as diverse as a family’s potato salad recipe. Start with the classic recipe above, which is how I enjoy it, then try embellishing it by adding the extras below. Serve it up classic style spread on white bread; or enjoy its many other uses in the menu (note: the lists below are not complete).

Use half sharp and half mild cheese
Try half smoked cheese
Add 3-oz cream cheese for a firmer consistency
Try adding 1-teaspoon grated onion or finely chopped dill pickles
Add a little cayenne pepper or finely chopped seeded jalapenos
Sprinkle in a little smoky paprika, celery seed, or onion powder

Spread on bread or crackers
Serve with vegetables as a dip; especially good on cold celery sticks
Add to an omelet or on top of a grilled burger
Spoon on a baked potato or grits
Mix into a scone recipe or stuff in a chicken breast
Add to deviled eggs or macaroni and cheese
Sweeten it with a tablespoon of honey

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