Homemade Pimento Cheese + A Giveaway!

August 25, 2012 · 72 comments

Last weekend I finally made my own version of a true Southern classic.

Hubby came in and said, “so is it difficult to make?”

My reaction was to first giggle, then said, “Ummmm…no, the basic recipe is mayonnaise, pimentos and cheddar cheese.”

Hubby stopped, looked at me, and said, “WHAT?  I thought there was a some rocket science to the recipe.  Everyone makes is sound like it is SO hard to make.”

Me – “Nope, no rocket science, just simple, fun ingredients…..that are for sure NOT healthy!”

I was a kid when I was first introduced to pimento cheese.  My mom would buy this “so called” pimento cheese that was in a jar in the grocery store.  It was….REALLY gross!  So all my life I thought pimento cheese was gross, boy was I missing out.

When we moved to the South, I was immediately introduced to homemade pimento cheese.  My life has changed since I discovered this creamy dreamy happy treat.  At most of your local restaurants in the South, they serve pimento and bacon grilled cheese sandwiches…..OH MY WORD…..Yum!!!!  Now, for the last 2 years I was just buying homemade pimento cheese at the grocery stores.  NOT that gross stuff in a jar, I mean homemade versions in the deli section.  I have been meaning to make it, and had intentions to make it like four months ago.  It was worth the wait though, I can tell you we will be making it more often now.

To decide what you want in your recipe, shake it up, and make it work with your palate.  At the cafe where I worked as a pastry chef, they made pimento cheese.  They used pepper jack cheese, and garlic, which are wonderful additions.  Jalapeno is a common addition to homemade pimento cheese, you will see it in many of the homemade versions at the grocery stores.

Homemade Pimento Cheese
 
Creamy Dreamy Cheesy Happiness!!!!
Author:
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Cabot Vermont cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz Cabot yellow cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz Cabot pepper jack cheese
  • 1 Tbsp roasted jalapenos
  • 2 small heads of garlic cloves, roasted
  • 7 oz jar of pimentos, diced
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place 1-2 jalapenos on a sheet pan, roast for about 20-30 minutes, or until softened. Remove skin, and dice the jalapenos. Sit aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap two small whole garlic in foil, or a garlic roaster, and roast in oven for about an hour. Remove cloves from skin, and sit aside.
  3. Grate cheese. Mix together cheese, diced jalapeno, roasted garlic, diced pimentos, mayonnaise, and salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Enjoy on crackers, grilled cheese with bacon, or by the spoonful!

NOW time for the giveaway details!!!!  Who loves cheese as much as I do?  Cheese pretty much ROCKS in everything, even apple pie believe it or not!

 

I am so excited for this fun giveaway!!!  If you have not tried Cabot cheese yet, this a perfect way to try some of the many flavors they have to offer!  What makes Cabot unique?  Cabot Creamery is a 1,200 farm family dairy cooperative, which means they are owned and operated by their members, the farmers and their families.  They have been around since 1919, and continue to grow and share the highest quality dairy products.

Cabot cheese has a wide variety of flavors, AND they are lactose-free….truly something for everyone!  When you make pimento cheese, freshly grating up the cheese will give the pimento cheese a creamy texture.  That is why Cabot cheese is perfect for this lovely recipe!

Mandatory entry below – leave a comment below, telling me your favorite variety of cheese, and how you like to cook/bake/prepare your favorite cheese.

Five other chances to enter this fun giveaway -

1.  Follow me on Twitter at @CafeTerraBlog.

2.  Follow @CabotRD and @CabotCoop on Twitter.

3. Follow me on Facebook at Cafe Terra.

4. Follow Cabot Creamery Cooperative on Facebook.

5. Subscribe to my Newsletter and stay up to date on what is happening at CafeTerraBlog, (enter on right side, just enter you email address.)

“Oh pimento cheese – I am sooooo happy you came into my life!!!!”

I believe I need to go replenish my container, my hubby and I couldn’t stop eating it.  I did forget to dice up my pimentos, so we had big pieces in our pimento cheese.  It is all about preference, you can dice them if you choose or not.

When we were watching Barbaque Addiction with Bobby Flay, he grilled red bell peppers, took skin off them, and diced them up for his pimento cheese.  Another fun, fresh grilling idea for homemade pimento cheese!  You can use the grilled red bell peppers instead of canned pimentos.  Basically, canned pimentos are roasted red bell peppers.

Thank you so much Cabot Creamery Cooperative for this wonderful giveaway!!!

Good Luck Everyone, and I hope you enjoy the pimento cheese as much as we did!!!

Disclaimer – Cabot Creamery Cooperative provided the giveaway gift, all the thoughts are my own.

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  • SandyN

    We are cheese FREAKS in this house!!!! We’ll eat any and all kinds…my husband’s favorite is sharp, the stronger the better! I like to make a feta spread and use it on sandwiches and wraps. We’ll eat and cook with cheese in any way, though! :)

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  • http://hotlyspiced.com/ Hotly Spiced

    That does look very good but it’s something I have never heard of. I’ve certainly never had pimento cheese. I would like to try this but first, I’ll have to find out where I can get pimentos. Not sure if they’re available here xx

  • http://twitter.com/thejoyofcaking The Joy of Caking

    I like an extra sharp cheddar cheese to eat with apple pie, or make homemade mac & cheese with. Your cheese spread looks delish!

  • http://twitter.com/MicheleB14 Michele’s Woman Cave

    I’m a cheesaholic…they are all marvelous!

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com/ Maureen | OrgasmicChef

    When I moved south to go to UT in Knoxville, I had my first “pimenna cheese” sandwich. I had come straight from Maine and couldn’t understand a thing they said. “Did you order the flares, Maureen?” (flowers!) I shudder to remember how I struggled that first month at my job.

  • Renee G

    I love white cheddar cheese sandwiches with an egg, bacon and fresh tomato.

  • http://twitter.com/HomeCookMemory Brandie

    I seriously don’t know if I can pick a favorite cheese! I’m in love with sooo many. One of my top favorites is swiss, but I also enjoy lots of different blue cheeses. For the blue cheese, one of my favorite ways of having it is stuffed into chicken breasts…oh so good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547846821 Nelly Rodriguez

    I definitely need to make your recipe! When I lived in VA I was OBSESSED with Pimento Cheese! And at the Murray household, we LOVE cheese!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547846821 Nelly Rodriguez

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    I now follow you on twitter :)

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  • http://twitter.com/HomeCookMemory Brandie

    I follow Cafe Terra on Facebook
    BTW, I’ve never had Pimento Cheese, even when I lived in TN and it was a big deal there. It’s so strange that I haven’t had it yet considering how much I do love cheese. Yours looks mighty good…so much better than the stuff I’ve seen in grocery stores.

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  • Masapas

    I love all cabot’s chesses, extra sharp is my current favorite!

  • http://twitter.com/Tutti_Dolci Tutti Dolci

    I love smoked mozzarella on pizza! :)

  • Wholycheesus

    I love cheese itself

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.greer.kuykendall Laura Greer Kuykendall

    Trying this today!

  • http://www.facebook.com/casey.stonecypher Casey Waters Stonecypher

    I love all cheese. Especially white cheddar topping my favorite pizza dip. So delicious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/casey.stonecypher Casey Waters Stonecypher

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  • http://www.facebook.com/casey.stonecypher Casey Waters Stonecypher

    I love white cheddar on top of my pizza dip or used in mac and cheese.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/casey.stonecypher Casey Waters Stonecypher

    I love all cheese. Especially white cheddar topping my favorite pizza dip. So delicious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1028484826 Meghan Finley

    I’m partial to colby jack and will eat it with everything

  • adam @unorthodoxepicure

    You know why your recipe is so divine — compared with the stuff we remember from our childhood? Because yours actually contains cheese! (And it’s making me hungry!) I think only really old people eat that ‘spread’ stuff. ;-)

  • Barbara | Creative Culinary

    A local friends loves her pimento cheese that she makes too and she is from Texas which I guess is south but then I’ve just always thought of it differently; you know…as just TEXAS!

    So, if all I’ve ever known is the jarred stuff or a slice of American studded with pimento, I should give it another try? Cause those two are on my ‘I could live without’ list. :)

  • Ray

    Mozzarella cheese melted on a baked supreme pizza!!

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  • http://twitter.com/parsleynsage Lisa

    I’m not sure I’ve ever tried pimiento cheese! It looks so good, I’m dying to..that’s for sure! If I win this box of cheese..I’m most certainly going to make your recipe! Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll make it whether I win or not!! :) xo

  • kitchenriffs

    This looks terrific! Pimento cheese is one of my wife’s favs, and I don’t make it nearly often enough. As a matter of fact I’m planning to do this later this year! I’ll definitely be studying your recipe for inspiration – thanks for this.

  • Ilke

    I have a cheese addiction to balance all the other addictions I have :) I have not tried this brand but if it is that good, I am all up for it. I remember seeing it at the grocery stores. We love pimento cheese as well but never make it home, always buy at the deli counter as well :)

  • carogonza

    I love all cheese especially cheddar. I use it on everything especially my cheese sauce that I use for mac and cheese and scalloped potatoes

  • Renata

    I love Muenster cheese melted on a chicken panini with avocado and tomato!

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  • Renata

    Just subscribed to your emails too- thanks so much as it looks delicious!

  • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

    That looks ridiculously delicious my friend :D

    Cheers
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  • Georgiana

    I love Cheddar Cheese grated on vegetables like broccoli and love to make Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese! – Love your photos and recipe idea too & thanks for the giveaway!

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  • justonecookbook

    First of all I’m missing out. I don’t know what’s Pimento cheese! Well if I see one in supermarket, I’ll know we can make it from scratch, which tastes better. The bagel with this cheese on top sounds delish!

  • Lora @cakeduchess

    I can’t remember the last time I had pimiento cheese. There was a time in my life when I was really into it. Now I remember why! This looks so good:)Thanks for the super giveaway:)xx

  • http://twitter.com/Como_Water Tiffany Griffin

    YUM! I had no idea Pimento cheese had mayo in it! :D And yah for cabot! I went to their factory in Vermont a few years back (and then went to the Ben and Jerry’s factory! :D)

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  • The Café Sucré Farine

    Terra, your PC looks wonderful, you are a true southern girl now! I’ve been in the South for over 30 years but I still haven’t mastered this delightful treat! You are an inspiration to me!

  • Jerri green

    I am in love with spicy cheeses these days, but as an avid cheese lover it’s hard to pick just one! And your pimento cheese looks amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/bakerstreet29 Baker Street

    Wow Terra! Your post has surely given the push I need to go try making my own pimento cheese! Amazing post. :)

  • http://www.masalaherb.com/ Helene Dsouza

    It looks and sounds like one of those popular bread “spreads” from my home in europe, but u got some good amount of cheese in there. I love cheese always do and always will, so I understand your needs. ^.^ We might just forget how not healthy it is. Its healthy for the sould, right?! =D

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.lammers.7 Jeffrey Lammers

    I like a sharp cheddar and use it to make homemade Mac and Cheese that my whole family loves, except my brother (he likes the stuff in the blue box).

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  • http://twitter.com/LenoreWait Lenore

    I loooove cheese more than is possibly normal. My favorites, I’d have to say, are cheddar (any variety) and havarti for its creamy texture, and my favorite thing to make with it (besides just slicing and eating!) is a really good homestyle macaroni and cheese. Ohhh yum.

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  • Susan 30AEATS.com

    YUM! We were channeling each other as I just finished a post yesterday about pimento cheese! Grew up on the stuff! It’s fun to change up the recipe now and then, but I am a die hard traditionalist! Keep it simple and Use Duke’s or Blue Plate Mayo! Big fan of Cabot’s too!

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  • Priscilla | ShesCookin

    Congrats to Lora! A family emergency has kept me out of the loop, otherwise I would have been all over this, Terra! There seems to be a pimento cheese revival going on :)

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