A cheeseburger using pimiento cheese from ZoesKitchen.com. Photo courtesy Zoe’s Kitchen.
We recently received a shipment of cheese spreads from Tonya’s Gourmet Creations. The company makes cheese spreads in Carolina Blend, Dilly Beef, Feta-Greek, Smokey Bacon Cheddar, Southwest Chipotle and Sun-Dried Tomato.
It reminded us of our mom’s pimiento cheese spread, which she enjoyed on toast with a tall glass of iced tea.
Pimiento cheese is a Southern specialty—along with barbecue, catfish, deviled eggs, grits, fried chicken and sweet tea.
Sharp Cheddar cheese, chopped pimientos and mayonnaise create a spread that’s used to fill celery sticks, to slather for cheeseburgers, to spread on crackers or toast and to make grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese omelets.
1. COMBINE mayo, pimiento, Worcestershire, onion and cayenne in a large bowl. Stir in the cheese.
2. CHILL in fridge to let flavors meld. Serve at room temperature. Can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
CAROLINA STYLE: Add 1/4 cup diced olives and jalapeños.
CREAMY: Make the spread creamier by blending in 4 ounces of cream cheese.
HOLIDAY: Add 1/4 cup cranberry sauce. (We like whole cranberry sauce.)
Add cream cheese for a creamier spread. Photo courtesy Kraft Foods.
MEXICAN STYLE: Add 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce, drained; or 1 teaspoon dried chipotle. Adjust quantity to taste.
ONIONY: Add finely-diced red onion and fresh parsley to taste.
SMOKY: Add 1/4 cup cooked bacon, drained and crumbled.
SWEET & TANGY: Add some pickle relish. Start with a heaping tablespoon, drained.
MORE WAYS TO USE PIMIENTO CHEESE
Breakfast Tortilla: Warm a corn tortilla in a skillet or the microwave. Spread with pimiento cheese and top with two fried eggs and salsa. Optional garnishes: chopped green onions, sliced black olives, chopped fresh herbs.
Cheeseburger: Spread a heaping knife-full of pimento cheese atop a grillled burger. Add the top bun and wait a minute for the cheese to melt.
Dip For Fries: Dipping works better with a creamier style pimento cheese (see above). Or, thin the spread with milk, sour cream, mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt.
Toasted Egg Sandwich: Spread pimento cheese on toast; top with fried, scrambled or sliced hard-cooked eggs.
Wrap Sandwich: Spread instead of mayo on a ham, turkey, grilled veggies or other wrap. Sprinkle with chopped green onions; add shredded lettuce and tomatoes.
Taco: Warm a small flour tortilla and spread it with pimento cheese. Top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, taco-seasoned beef, grated cheese, sour cream and salsa.