Who’s got a picnic or party planned for this last holiday of the summer? Whether you’re hosting or heading off to someone else’s party, you’ll want to make this Pimento Cheese Spread to go along with the day. It’s perfect as a dip, or slathered over the top of a burger.
I love learning about famed foods from different parts of the country (check out these Baked Sauerkraut Balls famous in my hometown), and Pimento Cheese Spread was new to me a few years ago. After finally trying it, I remember thinking, “Where have you been all my life!” This Southern classic is versatile, not to mention delicious.
My sister and her family had recently moved to North Carolina, and my husband had been traveling regularly to Charleston, South Carolina, for his job.
One thing that had been coming up in conversations with both of them was the prevalence of pimento cheese at both the restaurants around town, and the get togethers they’d been attending.
I’m a cheese loooooover, and hearing about this spread (note that it’s also served as a sandwich filling, as a condiment for burgers, and even added to deviled eggs) had my mouth watering and mind wondering. Another Southern classic that I love (also cheesy!) is my recipe for Individual Cheesy Shrimp & Grits — you’ll fall in love!
I couldn’t take it anymore and had to try my hand at making Pimento Cheese Spread. It’s really a simple recipe, and the results are overwhelmingly delicious.
This Pimento Cheese Spread is rich and creamy, as you’d expect. For a little personal, Southwestern flair, I added adobo sauce and green onion to mix things up. I really love this version, but the possibilities are endless.
Pimento Cheese Spread is fabulous served as an appetizer at a get together, or slathered over the top of a burger for your next cookout! I hope you try this Pimento Cheese Spread a try soon.
Yields 2 cups
This spread is wonderful with crackers, bread, and veggies, or as a topping for burgers!
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 4 ounces pimentos, diced small
- 2 green onions, white part only, finely chopped (chop the green part for garnish)
- 3 teaspoons liquid from the pimentos
- 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from canned chipotle in adobo sauce)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 baguette, sliced into 2-inch-thick pieces
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust the seasoning, as needed.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Stir just prior to serving.
- Garnish with the green parts from the green onion.