1 (7-oz.) jar whole peeled pimiento, drained and cut into fourths
Garnish: freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
Beat Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, yellow onion, and ground red pepper with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer at medium speed 1 to 2 minutes or until blended but not smooth. Add pimiento; beat 1 to 2 minutes or until pimiento is shredded and mixture is blended and somewhat smooth. Garnish, if desired.
This is excellent! I really like the little kick from the red pepper (reminds me of cheese straws). The only thing I might do next time is save and drained juice from the pimentos and add a bit to the end because I really like the pimento flavor, plus it will help it from tightening too much in the refrigerator.
Pimento cheese is one of my favorites. I have always purchased it pre-made from the store. NEVER AGAIN! This recipe is absolutely delicious. In fact, I have found myself having a hard time not going to the fridge for "just one more"...I have a stand-up mixer and what a breeze to throw together. I'm in heaven! I can't wait until our next party for my pimento cheese debut!
Am from the south, have never had better. First had this pimiento cheese at Louis Osteen's Charleston Grill, 1991, located in The Omni hotel in Charleston, SC. He served this pimiento cheese at Friday happy hour with giant flat bread. Always remembered it. Purchased his cookbook a few years back, which I love, just for this recipe.
A guaranteed crowd pleaser, and, it never fails... "this is the best pimento cheese! What is the recipe?" The grated onion is genius!