Southern Pimento cheese is a go-to appetizer for picnics and family gatherings around here. Not only is it super easy to make, it is a great budget-friendly option to feed a crowd.
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Southern Pimento Cheese has been a staple in my house my whole life. My dad grew up in Texas and has been putting his own spin on this simple dish for as long as I can remember.
Some will argue that Pimento (or Pimiento, they're both acceptable and mean the same thing) Cheese should contain cream cheese, but I disagree. The simple, affordable ingredients really do allow for the flavors of each component to come through.
Sharp Cheddar Cheese: It is really important to shred the cheese yourself. Pre-shredded cheese is coated in a powder to prevent it from clumping, and it really affects the flavor. Take the time to shred it either by using a box grater or a food processor. I call for Sharp Cheddar because you want cheese with a lot of flavor, but Extra Sharp is too overpowering.
Diced Pimientos: These will come in a jar and be in the pickle/olive section of your grocery store. If you can't find diced, you can get a jar of whole or sliced and chop them yourself....