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Pimento Cheese

I think more than half of my happiest memories in life can be traced back to pimento cheese. From weekly coffee hour at my childhood church, to tailgates, country store runs with my barn buddies, horse races, bridal and baby showers, engagement parties, graduations…the list goes on and on. It’s perfect as a snack on crackers or celery, on a tea sandwich at a celebration, or for a quick lunch on the run. There are good store bought versions and I have tried a few recipes but I’ve finally settled on this one. I‘ve taken inspiration from many other recipes I’ve tried over the years and this one has the perfect consistency. The pickles and mustard add a little interest and sweetness and Cholula hot sauce adds just a tough of spice. I love it.

What you need:

1/2 cup room temp cream cheese (can be microwaved for 30 seconds)

1/2 cup mayo

1/4 cup diced pimentos

1/4 cup diced bread and butter pickles (more or less to taste)

2 tsp whole grain mustard

A pinch of salt and pepper

A few dashes of hot sauce

12 oz sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated(1.5 standard blocks of cheese)

My go to brands are Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar, Dukes Mayo, and Cholula hot sauce. Please do not use pre-shredded cheese, it won’t be as good!

In a large mixing bowl combine everything but the grated cheddar. Stir it well to combine and then slowly add the grated cheddar stirring and adding as you go. If you add all at once it will not mix evenly. Serve as you like : ) Will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.

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