Unbeatable Pimiento Cheese Recipe

Pimiento cheese, barbecue, catfish, and grits-all examples of true Southern culinary icons. Yet despite their humble beginnings, the dixie-born gems have become popular across the country. Enter pimiento cheese.

Photo: Beth Dreiling HontzasPhoto: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

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What is Pimiento Cheese?
To the uninitiated, it's little more than grated cheese, chopped pimiento peppers, and a little mayonnaise. However, to those fans who rank pimiento cheese right next to cold fried chicken and deviled eggs as essentials at any proper country picnic, it's much more. To devotees, pimiento cheese becomes a must-have-elevating an ordinary grilled cheese to something heavenly and dramatically raising the bar on cheeseburgers and omelets.

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Basic Pimiento Cheese Recipe
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. finely grated onion
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1 (8-oz.) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1 (8-oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in cheese. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

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