My Go-To Pimento Cheese Recipe: Pimento Cheese With a Kick

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

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Pimento Cheese With a Kick
Plain pimento cheese is great, but sometimes you want to kick it up a bit. This recipes adds both heat and flavor.
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients by hand until well blended.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Add more cayenne and garlic powder to taste.
  3. Serve with Ritz crackers.

 

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