Hi friends! Jess here. Remember me? My husband and I just moved to California this year from Nashville, so when I heard some of my Zest sisters (I won’t name names) had NEVER had a Pimento Cheese sandwich before, my Southern jaw hit the floor. Bless their hearts, am I right?! It was clearly time for me to get on the other side of the camera and make Paula Deen proud.
Ok, I didn’t say it would be good for you… that’s not how we do things down South.
Classic Southern Pimento Cheese Spread
2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4oz jar of pimentos (drained & diced)
1/2 cup of mayo
8oz block of cream cheese, softened to warm temperature
pinch of garlic powder
pinch of onion powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt & pepper to taste
Let’s dice up those pimentos! Personally I like a bit of a bigger chunk.
Things are about to get complicated, so try & stay with me here…
You’re literally going to dump all your ingredients into a mixing bowl,(pretty, huh?)and whit it. Whip it good.
But seriously, just blend it on medium until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Sprinkle salt and pepper for a little extra flavor.Spread it on a hot croissant or some Ritz crackers for a perfectly Southern little luncheon on a summer day. (Or spoon it right out of the dish, I won’t judge you.)
Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton