Southern Pimiento Cheese

Lunch,Recipes
April 13, 2008

Sharp Cheddar cheese, tangy pimientos, and good quality mayonnaise are all you need for Pimiento Cheese.

pimiento_cheese1
Mark Boughton Photography/Styling by Teresa Blackburn
http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/pimiento_cheese1.jpg

There are few things in life that are perfect, but pimiento cheese may well be one of them. When well made, all it needs to make a great sandwich is two slices of most any bread—white, wheat, rye, pumpernickel, or even a biscuit or dinner roll.

Sensible cooks know the best pimiento cheese is also the simplest: the whole point is the balance between good, sharp cheese and pimientos. Some add a dash of garlic juice (or puree) or Worcestershire, some add green onion or use hot sauce instead of cayenne, but that’s as far as any sensible person will go. “Gourmet” additions such as olives, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and herbs aren’t encouraged: they only draw attention to themselves and upset the balance.

Spread it thickly; thin spreading doesn’t denote elegance—just stinginess. If you need elegance, trim off the crusts and cut the sandwiches into triangles. To warm up a cool day, brush the bread with butter and grill it.

By Damon Lee Fowler, a food writer in Savannah, Ga.

 

Classic Pimiento Cheese

Classic Pimiento Cheese

If you've never had homemade pimiento cheese, you're in for a delightful old-fashioned treat.

White Pimiento Cheese

White Cheddar Pimiento Cheese

Here's a new take on a perennial favorite—Pimiento Cheese.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 254 other followers