Thursday, June 2, 2011

Homemade Pimiento Cheese

It's fresh.  It's cool.  It's cheesy.  It's a Southern classic and it's so good.  This is my recipe, adapted from a cookbook my Mother in law bought me years ago while on a weekend trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Pimiento Cheese spread is a great snack with crackers on a hot day, like today.  I hate humidity!

I served crackers from this vintage transferware biscuit barrel and the cheese spread in a matching trinket box by Masons.  
Lots of  blue transferware is for sale in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Pimiento Cheese

1 1/2 cups grated Mild Cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1 cup grated Sharp Cheddar cheese
(don't worry about exact measurements on the cheese)
1 4 oz. jar chopped pimientos, well drained
1 Tablespoon sugar
dash of salt
couple dashes white pepper
couple dashes garlic powder
couple dashes tobasco or hot sauce
about 1-2 cups of mayonnaise 

In a mixing bowl, combine your grated cheddars,

with the grated Swiss cheese,

the all important chopped and drained Pimientos,

sugar for a hint of sweetness,

 a couple dashes of this:

and this:

and of course this: (doesn't everything unsweet need garlic?)

and a few plops of mayo like this:

And stir until the mixture resembles something like this:

Then you can have fun serving it on pretty blue transferware, 

daintily spread onto crackers
or gorge-worthily heaped onto toasted bread (super gorge worthy with the addition of ranch dressing and a couple slices bacon!)
  OH. MY. YUM.

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  1. Yum! Gonna try that cheese spread recipe for crackers and little french breads--your photos are so pretty with the blue transferware!

  2. I can't wait to try this recipe.
    It is the hallmark of all good cooks
    and don't you love how it looks against blue and white?

    White Spray Paint

  3. That does look like yum! And your serving pieces are gorgeous. Looks so appealing!!

  4. Oh, yum! I love, love, love pimiento cheese spread. I have one recipe but it's not anything like yours. Have got to try it! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  5. Oh Yes I had a pimiento cheese sandwich at noon when I picked up my medicine at my local drugstore, and it sure didn't look like your sandwich in the last picture! Yum-Yum is right. Love the transfer also.
    Stella B.

  6. Nancy, the pimiento cheese looks delicious. I'm going to make this tomorrow. Love it with the beautiful blue transferware setting. ~ sarah

  7. I've never tried Pimento Cheese, it sure looks good:@)

  8. Oh that does look yummy and easy to make! You served it up so prettily too~!

  9. Oh my gosh, that seems almost sinful the way you've presented it, Nancy! That last picture has me drooling! : ) I think I'm going to have to print that recipe out as I am a cheese lover. It all looks so lovely with your blue and white, too!

  10. I'll give this recipe a try Nancy, I am a Yankee AND a lover of pimento cheese. Always looking for different recipes and this one looks great. Your blue willow setting make this southern treat look perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Hi Nancy! I have never tried my hand at this but I am determined to give it a go this summer. Especially when I think about how amazing it would be all gooey on crusty bread like that! And if I were serving it on blue transferware I'm sure it would taste even better. :-) Thanks so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday this week!

  12. Nancy, we love homemade pimiento cheese. I've never put sugar in it before. Sounds wonderful.

    I think the pimiento cheese in the pretty dish would make a wonderful gift!

  13. Hello Nancy- what a beautiful presentation. Hope things have calmed down a bit for you and your family. So glad to see you posting again. The heat is awful already; wonder what July and August are going to be for AR-OK area. So glad the tornadoes have gone away!

  14. This is one of my most favorite appetizers~ I am addicted to cheese. And mayo, and garlic... LOL It all looks so lovely on your tray of blue/whites! It's warm here in Ohio, but the humidity comes and goes. I grew up in NM, so humidity was non-existent. If it was 15%, the parentals thought it was awful! LOL

  15. My Mouth is watering now! :)
    Always love the blue and white! :)


  16. Thank you for thi wonderful recipe. I love pimento cheese, it is a southern delight! And the way you have it displayed is breathtaking!
    So nice to visit you!

  17. At last I can visit and leave a comment!! Beautiful presentation and yes, my mouth is watering too.......does this mean your kitchen is usable now and will we get to see some pics??? Glad you are back and thinking of you, hugs...cleo

  18. Hmmmm, I wish I had some of this right now! I used to make pimiento cheese often when my kids were young and somehow have forgotten about it. It's a great dish to have during this heat. And....I join you in hating the humidity!

    The blue & white transferware is gorgeous. Blue and white always looks cool to me ~ refreshing I think.


  19. Looks wonderful Nancy and love your tranferware! Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

  20. This looks so good, Nancy--you really had me at the last sandwich!

  21. This looks fantastic! My grandma used to make her own pimento cheese, oh I loved it. Perfect setting with the blue transferware. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF! xo Debra

  22. This looks delicious but sinful! I can see myself getting addicted to this recipe. Nancy, thanks for joining my party.

  23. Wow, this looks great. I am hosting a photobook giveaway on my blog. Would love to see you there. Have a great week. Anu

  24. Nancy, this sandwich looks delicious! And I think everything tastes better when served on blue transferware!! :-)

  25. Mom used to make pimiento cheese when I was growing up. I had forgotten all about it and am so glad you reminded me as I remember loving it!!

    Oh that blue transfer ware is so pretty too!


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