I posted a photo of homemade pimento cheese last night and, within hours, so many of y’all had asked for the recipe that I have no choice but to bring my pimento cheese with a kick to the blog. And, to be honest, I was a little shocked when a quick search turned up no results. How haven’t I shared this with the world already?! We all need more pimento cheese!
For the uninitiated, pimento cheese is a mayonnaise and cheese based dip, originating in the South (like all good appetizers). You’ll often find it served with crackers — personally, I love a buttery Ritz — but you can expand your horizons to grilled cheese, burgers, and more.
What Makes This Pimento Cheese With a Kick?
My recipe changes each time I make it, yet I prefer to add a kick. Maybe that’s cayenne. Maybe it’s jalapeño. Maybe, like in this recipe, it’s both. I also don’t always use cream cheese. When I made this batch over the weekend, I didn’t have any on hand, so I simply used a mix of sour cream and mayonnaise. And, it was delicious, so, we’re going with it.
Lastly, the key to an excellent pimento cheese: Always, always use Duke’s mayonnaise.
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
- 3/4 cup Duke's mayonnaise
- 1 jar pimentos
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 2.5 cups grated cheddar
- 1 small jalapeño, chopped
- 2 stems green onion, chopped
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp Trader Joe's seasoned onion salt
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredients by hand until well blended.
- Season with salt and pepper. Add more cayenne and garlic powder to taste.
- Serve with Ritz crackers.