This week I celebrated my __??? birthday, and my family and I celebrated it at a local restaurant. On the menu was an appetizer of pimiento cheese with tortilla chips and grilled flat bread. Oh my goodness! I was in pimiento cheese heaven!!!
Needless to say I had to go to the store and get the ingredients to make homemade pimiento cheese. I like to spread it on very FRESH sliced white bread, remove the crusts, then slice it into finger sandwiches. Of course, it is good on crackers or pita chips as well. I also like to serve it with potato chips (classic Lays) dill pickle wedges and slices of tomatoes. Oh, and a tall glass of sweet tea. You know I am "southern"!!
This recipe makes about 24 plus ounces ( a large cottage cheese container) depending how you sample while you make it! LOL!!
Lowcountry Pimiento Cheese
1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup chopped onion
6 oz cream cheese
1/2 - 3/4 cup real mayonnaise ( I use Kraft)
1/4 tsp. hot sauce
1 tbls. white vinegar
1 tbls. granulated sugar
2 oz chopped, drained pimientos
Combine all ingredients ( except pimientos) in food processor. Pulse until mixture is well blended. Finally, add well drained pimientos and pulse just till pimento is blended. Chill several hours before serving.
*** Additional ideas:
I have topped various foods with pimiento cheese including;
hot dogs, hamburgers, and more recently tried it atop grits~ delicious!!!
You can add or subtract the sugar, vinegar and hot sauce to tweak it to your own tasting. Also, you can add a little more shredded cheese at the end if you like yours a little chunkier.