Monday, January 5, 2015

A New Englander Attempts Pimento Cheese Spread

So, here's the recipe I wanted to get up here before the holidays, because it makes an excellent side dish or appetizer, and it's super easy to put together! Aside from the pimentos, I typically have all these things in the house, too.

But... you all know how the holidays go. Craziness. I was able to get my HEB Joyville Progressive Holiday Dinner post up, and then with the preparations to drive across the country to be back in Massachusetts for the holidays, I wasn't able to do much else. Plus I lost the initial pictures I took of this deliciousness so I had to start from scratch.




Enough excuses. One of my many, many new year's resolutions is to focus more on the blog. Now that I FINALLY HAVE MY CAMERA BACK this should be easier to accomplish in the new year. New, better photos and recipes. Wait and see, should be a good time.

Anyways. Pimento cheese was something totally new to me, as a New Englander during her first year in Texas. When I first tested this recipe, I simply threw in the ingredients I found on the Wikipedia page (yes, pimento spread has it's own Wikipedia page) and hoped for the best. It was tasty... but did it pass the test? I brought in the results to my coworkers and my desk-mate, a true Texan, said it was the best Pimento cheese he's ever had!




So I guess I did it right the first time ;)

As I said, this is the perfect appetizer for any gathering. Add a bit more mayo and cream cheese to make a dip, or a bit more cheese to make a cheeseball, or leave as-is for a spreadable cracker snack. The possibilities are truly endless!


Pimento Cheese Spread
(Adapted loosely from Wikipedia)

  • 1 8oz bag sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 8oz bag colby jack cheese
  • 1 oz brick cream cheese (I used neufchantel)
  • 2/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 4oz jar pimento peppers, drained and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced small
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

*keep a bit extra cheddar cheese on hand in case cheese mixture gets too soft*

-In a stand mixer fixed with a paddle attachment, combine all ingredients. Stir until well combined, adding more cheese or mayo to desired consistency (I like mine with a bit more cheese). Taste, adding more seasonings as desired

17 comments:

  1. I didn't know this was a texas thing! I've been making something similar (minus the mayo, plus a little pickle juice) and using it to make grilled cheese sandwiches for years. Glad to know where one of my fav lunches comes from :-D

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  2. Yum!! I just saw someone make this on TV (I cannot for the life of me remember who know) and immediately started craving it. This looks lovely!

    Sues

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    1. I love that you just used the word WICKED in your comment. :-) This does look wicked good and it has become an obsession of mine since moving south!

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  3. Sounds excellent Ashley! The photos look great! I have the same bowl and love it too! Keep posting girl!!

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  4. I wish I had seen your recipe earlier, I tried another pimento cheese recipe over the holidays and was so disappointed! Yours looks like it has tons of flavor, excellent!

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    1. Thanks! My Texan friend says it's the best he's had... so I think that's saying something ;)

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  5. So easy to make and looks so delicious!

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  6. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try this!

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  7. This looks great! I could totally go for this at a football party! Yum!

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