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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

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This is one of our more quick and simple posts but it’s also, in my opinion, one of our tastiest. It could not be more different from the processed stuff you can buy in grocery stores and is so easy that no one has an excuse to buy the packaged stuff ever again. Pimento cheese is inherently southern and is known as “the caviar of the south.” That being said, we can’t say that our version is exactly traditional or authentic but we can say that it is so good that you will have a hard time not eating the entire bowl (please note that this would not be advisable.) The most distinctive aspect of our recipe is the healthy dose of horseradish that adds complexity along with a little kick. If you’ve never tried making your own pimento cheese you should try it! Just make sure that you have some friends around to help you eat it.

Pimento Cheese-021 Katryn’s Wine Pairing: Backhouse Pinot Noir
Rating: 9 out of 10

This was a great pinot noir! It has a soft, juicy feel in the mouth with flavors of red berries and dark cherry. It is light like a normal pinot noir but has good depth and complexity. It was awesome with the pimento cheese and provided a great fruity contrast to the savory kick of the cheese. I would definitely buy again!

Pimento Cheese-020 Nathan’s Beer Pairing: Pinner Throwback IPA, Oskar Blues Brewery
Rating: 8.25 out of 10.0

An IPA was the way to go with the pimento cheese. The rich flavors of the cheese, mayo, and garlic all add up to a heady mix of flavors and the acidic hops of an IPA really help to wash it all down. Pinner is a pretty good IPA, not overly hoppy and a smooth malt finish. A perfect beer to enjoy with some homemade pimento cheese.

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Horseradish Pimento Cheese:

Ingredients

8 oz. good quality sharp yellow cheddar cheese (We used Cabot brand)
8 oz. good quality sharp white cheddar cheese (We used Cabot brand)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 oz. jar chopped pimentos (make sure they are well drained!)
2 small-medium kosher dill pickles, finely chopped
2 tsp. horseradish (We used
4 tbs. good quality mayonnaise (Use Hellman’s or Duke’s)
2 dashes hot sauce (We used Texas Pete’s)
Pinch of cayenne (to taste)
¼ tsp. Salt
⅛ tsp. Ground black pepper

Directions

1. Grate your cheeses into a large bowl. Yes, you must grate your own…do not buy pre-grated!
2. Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until well blended…it should start to come together and form a cohesive mass.
3. Taste and adjust to your liking!

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