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Southern Pimento Cheese

Fried Chicken, Sweet Tea, Barbecue, Catfish, and Gritsβ€” are all some examples of true Southern culinary icons. Which brings me to two of my favorite words “comfort” and “food.” Put them together and it’s magic, just like the simple blend of cheese, mayonnaise and sweet peppers known across the South as pimento cheese.

Like most Southerners, I grew up with pimento cheese spread β€” from the processed stuff sold in supermarkets to the wonderful, chunky and flavorful varieties made at home. The popularity of this unique spread remains largely confined to the states below the Mason-Dixon line, where it assumes its place as a Southern delicacy. But you don’t have to travel down South to enjoy some authentic pimento cheese. Its basic ingredients are readily available everywhere, and it’s a cinch to make. With it only taking 15 minutes or less to make, why not whip up a batch today?

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, soften
  • 4 ounces vermont extra sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar of pimentos, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Porter House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 dash hot sauce (or more!)

Instructions

1. Using a hand held mixer, beat cream cheese until soft.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until creamy and combined.
3. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
4. Serve as a dip or as a sandwich filling.

Porter House Seasoning

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion powder

1. Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.