Pimento Cheese Spread

The creamy homemade Pimento Cheese Spread is a Southern delight that's sure to impress. This recipe combines the sharpness of Cheddar cheese with the creaminess of cream cheese and the tanginess of mayonnaise. A hint of garlic, onion, and optional cayenne pepper adds a flavorful kick, while the diced pimento and minced jalapeno pepper bring a touch of color and heat. Whether you're using it as a dip for crackers, a filling for sandwiches, or a topping for burgers, this pimento cheese spread is a versatile addition to your culinary repertoire.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 minced jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 4-ounce jar of drained diced pimento
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

Begin by placing the shredded Cheddar cheese, softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (if using), onion powder, minced jalapeno pepper, and drained diced pimento into the large bowl of a mixer. If you have a paddle attachment, use it for the best results.

Beat the ingredients at medium speed until they’re thoroughly combined. You’re looking for a smooth, creamy texture where all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Once your pimento cheese spread is well mixed, it’s time to season it. Add salt and black pepper to taste, adjusting the amounts as needed. Remember, it’s easier to add more seasoning than to remove it, so start with a little and add more if needed.

Your homemade Pimento Cheese Spread is now ready to serve. Enjoy it as a dip with your favorite crackers, spread it on sandwiches, use it as a topping for grilled burgers or hot dogs, or turn it into a tasty toasted pimento cheese sandwich. The possibilities are endless.

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