Pimento Cheese

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Pimento cheese is easily one of my top favorite foods. I absolutely love this dip and could put it on/in almost anything. This recipe is so easy and keeps well for about 2 weeks if stored in an air tight container.

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The ingredients are:

  • 4oz softened cream cheese (I use veggie cream cheese for a little extra flavor but plain will work just fine)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: salt, pepper, sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon each: ground red pepper, smoked paprika (add more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 8oz extra sharp cheddar cheese cut on the largest holes of a box grater
  • 7oz jar of diced pimentos

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Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl, saving the pimentos for last. Gently fold in the pimentos until combined.

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Since I have virtually no self control whatsoever, I like to put my pimento cheese into small portion controlled containers. I use 2oz condiment cups that you can get in any grocery store. This recipe makes 10 two ounce cups, perfect for grab and go snacks or lunches.

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My favorite things to eat with pimento cheese are celery, wheat crackers, carrot sticks, and bagel chips. I also LOVE pimento cheese on a sandwich, with grits, in mac-n-cheese, and on toast. Really, I have never had pimento cheese anything that I didn’t like. There is a chicken place in my home town of Lexington that puts pimento cheese on their fried chicken….. HELLO LOVE OF MY LIFE.

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Are there any ways you like to use spreads, like pimento cheese that are out of the ordinary? If so, leave them in the comments!

 

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