Monday, June 11, 2012

Pimento Cheese Spread

A mark of maturity is if you eat pimento cheese spread.

OK, I'm kind of kidding there -- but not really.

Think back to the last picnic you went to  . . . .

there were 2 or 3 choices of sandwiches that someone made;

and took the time to cut into cute triangles.

One of those choices was pimento cheese . . .probably on white bread.  Because that's how you're supposed to eat pimento cheese sandwiches.

And who was eating those sandwiches?

I bet you didn't see little grimmy hands reaching onto the plate to grab a sandwich that was stuffed with orange-colored filling.

It was the grown-ups who were snacking on those!

As a kid, I remember my parents would eat pimento cheese sandwiches.

I would not.

But then, one day, when I was grown, a friend served homemade pimento cheese.

It was fantastic.

I really only prefer homemade pimento cheese spread.

If you're thinking, "I don't like pimento cheese!" 

Give this a try and see if you don't become a believer in the stuff.

It tastes very different than the stuff you find in the grocery store!

Pimento Cheese

1- 8oz block of cheddar cheese
1- 8oz block of sharp cheddar cheese
1/2-1 cup of real mayonnaise
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt, optional
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 - small jar pimento, well drained

Grate both blocks of cheese. 

If you're really ambitious, you can grate one with a thicker grate and one with a finer grate.  But it really doesn't matter -- just grate!

Add the Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, if using, and the drained pimento.

Add the mayonnaise, 1/2 cup to begin, and stir well.  This does take a bit of time.  From this point on, it's a taste and see.  If you prefer a "wetter" pimento cheese, add a bit more mayonnaise.  If you prefer a "dryer" pimento cheese -- stop where you're at.  I had just enough mayonnaise to hold the cheese together.

Taste:  do you like it?  Do you need a bit more mayonnaise?

Refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. Funny comment! I'm wondering if you recall Pimento cream cheese on celery sticks? They don't seem to sell that at the grocery anymore but I loved snacking on it as a kid...any suggestions on a recipe for that?

  2. I've never heard of Pimento Cream cheese. Was it just pimento cheese on celery? I remember that at picnics too! I think you could make "pimento cream cheese" -- by adding in some cream cheese to the mixture. Maybe 1/3-1/2 of the block? I'm not sure that I'd do a full 8 ounces. You might reduce the mayo to 1/3 of a cup when adding cream cheese. Clearly, I have no idea, I'm just making suggestions! Happy cooking! Let me know what you discover!