Monday, June 11, 2012
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!
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.