I was born and raised in the South and I love being southern. It’s such a charming culture full of hot summer breezes, screen doors, grandma’s cooking and a pitcher of sweet tea. Whenever I start cooking those traditionally southern dishes, I just can’t help but think of my childhood that consisted mostly of climbing trees, playing in the creek and hanging out laundry.
Now anyone who has ever been in the deep South in the middle of August will tell you that the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven. So, southerners in the summer time live off of potato salad, sun tea and pimento cheese sandwiches. Now, I realize that it is November and that some of you probably have snow on the ground, but I’m willing to bet that you are thinking about summer-time pretty hard. I know I am. So, I whipped up some seriously tasty, Spicy Pimento Cheese. Slather some of this on a cracker or between 2 slices of toasted sourdough bread and I bet it will bring those warm thoughts of summer time to the for-front of your mind.
What is Pimento Cheese?
Pimento cheese can only be described as a Southern sandwich spread. It’s vegetarian,low carb and keto friendly. You can use it as a main dish or as a condiment. Pimento cheese can be slathered on crackers, veggies or hamburgers. Some folks will bake it and use it as a seriously yummy party dip. The possibilities are endless! Its a lot of cheese and a lot of mayo and a whole lot of yummy.
We actually LOVE to make a unique Pimento Cheese sandwich called The Guacamento. Its bacon, pimento cheese, and guacamole on toasted bread. Weird? Yes. Delicious? Heck yes.
- 1 pound grated Cheddar I recommend that you grate your own cheese, it tends to be much softer and creamier than the stuff thats already grated.
- 1/2 pound grated Pepper Jack
- 1 – 4 oz . can diced pimentos
- 1/2 t . garlic powder
- 1/2 t . onion powder
- 1/2 t black pepper
- Pinch cayenne
- about 1/4 cup diced hot pickled banana peppers plus 1/2 T of it’s juice
- 2/3 – 1 cup mayo
- In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined. Refrigerate.