One of my most favorite sandwiches growing up was pimento cheese. My mother made the best and I think mine is pretty darn close to hers.. When I went to the beach with my two younger sisters this month I took this for us to enjoy at lunch. I was reminded by them of picnics consisting of cold fried chicken (which I haven’t made in decades), pimento cheese sandwiches, deviled eggs and sliced tomatoes. That really conjured up some memories.
Pimento cheese is easy to make. Don’t you dare buy that horrible stuff that is premade in tubs at the grocery store! All you need is good sharp cheddar cheese that is grated finely. Use the small side of a box grater or I prefer to use this. My mother used hoop cheese, but I use about 10 ounces of Kraft extra sharp cheddar.
Here is about 4 – 6 ounces of pimento that has been literally smashed with a fork. I took the pimento out of the jar with a fork discarding the juice. Be patient. It will take a few minutes to get the pimento into very small pieces, but it will be worth your time. Don’t put this mixture in the food processor. I’ve tried it and am here to tell you that it will not work. The consistency is just all wrong.
Add about 1/4 cup of Hellman’s mayonnaise. (Please no Miracle Whip) You may need more or less depending on the moisture content of the cheese and how juicy the pimento are. Just be careful! You can always add more mayo, but you can’t take it out. Season with salt and pepper. I like to add a couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce to give it a kick.
Stir until nice and creamy. Store in the refrigerator. After refrigerating it will be on the stiff side so you must let it sit on the counter for about twenty minutes or it will tear the bread as you are spreading it on. Don’t put it in the microwave. I have tried that. It will ruin it.
Another good way to serve homemade pimento cheese is to grill as you would a grilled cheese. Try adding some fresh bacon bits to the sandwich before grilling. It is heavenly!
I am confessing something that only you and I know now. I have been known to sit down with a bag of ruffle potato chips and use this pimento cheese as a dip. My gosh it is good.
No matter which way you decide to serve this creamy pimento cheese it will be a hit.
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