Thursday, April 11, 2013

Homemade Pimento Cheese

A sure sign of Spring in the South is the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The tournament, which officially kicks off today is known for it's azaleas, pimento cheese sandwiches and strict traditions. The delightfully simple Pimento Cheese sandwiches sell for $1.50, Georgia sales tax included. It's hard to believe this menu and it's prices have been preserved over the years. 
All the talk about Pimento Cheese had me wanting to try some in my own kitchen. Last night, I set out to make a batch using a friend's recipe.

Teresa's Pimento Cheese:

• 1 pound sharp yellow cheddar
• 1⁄4 pound cream cheese, softened
• 1 teaspoon black pepper 
• 3 large red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
• 1⁄2 cup Mayonnaise
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• Splash of hot sauce
• 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Grind the cheddar in a food processor fitted with a grating disk, or grate in a small holed side of a hand grater. Transfer the grated cheese to a bowl, add the cream cheese, pepper, bell peppers, mayonnaise, sugar, hot sauce and cayenne. Blend all together thoroughly. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

It was delicious! I was specifically instructed to find a very sharp, high quality cheese. I used Cabot's Seriously Sharp yellow cheddar. Like any good Southerner I am brand loyal to my mayonnaise and hot sauce. I used Duke's Mayonnaise and Tabasco in this recipe. This recipe was much easier to whip up than I thought it would be!

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