Southern Pimento Cheese
This classic Southern Pimento Cheese recipe is from Southern Living and has been around forever! Why? It’s Absolutely The Best. Serve pimento cheese as a dip or a sandwich spread. The cayenne pepper gives this dish a little heat, so if you’re not a fan of spicy, you might want to reduce the amount of pepper.
Should I Use Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?
Southern cooks are divided on the issue of which works best in Pimento cheese. Some swear by Duke’s Mayonnaise while others prefer Miracle Whip brand mayonnaise “dressing.”
Miracle Whip was first introduced in 1933 by the Kraft company. It has high-fructose corn syrup and a little less fat than mayonnaise. The traditional Pimento Cheese recipe recommends using a high quality mayonnaise rather than a mayonnaise “dressing.”
What Type of Cheese Works Best?
A high-quality, block cheddar is the traditional recommendation for really good pimento cheese. Pre-shredded cheeses do not have the moisture that block cheeses have, and the result looks and tastes a bit different.
- 16 ounces sharp cheddar grated
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 8 ounces chopped pimento drained
- 1 teaspoon grated sweet onion
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a large bowl, combine grated cheese and drained pimentos
- In a separate, smaller bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well
- Pour mayonnaise mixture into the cheese and pimentos; combine well and serve
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