Pimento Cheese for One

In all my years living down South I never heard of pimento cheese until I moved to North Carolina. Perhaps I wasn’t attuned to it, perhaps I just ignored it, but whatever the reason, I can’t seem to get away from it now!

First, what is pimento cheese? It’s a spread/dip associated with the South, made with cheese, mayo, pimentoes and various spices and often eaten with celery sticks or crackers. It is true comfort food, and easily transforms into a mean sandwich. In fact, grilled pimento cheese has to be one of my favorite occasional indulgences down here (go to Parker and Otis for my fave), or try a burger with pimento cheese instead of sliced cheese (try Tyler’s or Only Burger). Pimento cheese sandwiches are a signature item at the Master’s golf tournament!

Unfortunately the grocery store versions suffered from “American packaged-food-itis” — see Exhibit A:

And no, I didn’t cherry-pick this example. This was the third (!) carton I picked up with such an ingredient list (even the more “natural” looking containers at the top were terrible), and at this point a very nice, elderly Southern gentleman was giving me odd looks for my scrutiny/photography of the labels… So I gave him a friendly nod, returned the tub of goodness knows what to the refrigerated shelf, and let him pick up his pimento cheese 🙂 (I believe he chose the Augusta brand)

So what’s a girl to do? Make her own! Delish. It’s so dangerous that I messed with the proportions to make a simple, classic, single-serving recipe. When those pesky pimento cheese cravings hit… You can enjoy but not overindulge 🙂

Pimento Cheese for One

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup block cheddar cheese, grated (not pre-grated)
  • 2 tablespoons pimentoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Dash celery salt

Directions

  1. Mix.
  2. Serve with celery sticks, crackers, or whatever you want!
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One thought on “Pimento Cheese for One

  1. This reminds me of the cheese paste sandwiches we often eat as a snack in Trinidad. The recipe is somewhat similar: grated English cheddar, a bit of mustard, and pepper sauce. I would probably be addicted to the pimento cheese as well.

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