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The warm summer months bring with them casual meals, outdoor entertaining and grilling. Whether you’re hosting a casual barbecue with friends or serving appetizers for special holiday parties, Southern Pimento Cheese makes a quick and tasty addition to the menu. It can be served for between meal snacking, within sandwiches or used as a condiment for slathering on grilled burgers. Sargento® Reserve Series™ Shredded 18-Month Aged Cheddar Cheese lends a boost in flavor to this beloved Southern classic that makes it irresistible.
Sargento Reserve Series
Southern Pimento Cheese
Pimento cheese is a lifelong love of ours. As a girl, it was often found ready-to-eat in both my mom and grandma’s fridge. I’ve continued the tradition for my own family. It’s ideal for slathering on celery and crackers, turned into a sandwich for a quick lunch or served as a dip with chips as an appetizer. During grilling season, it’s a given that pimento cheese will be used as a condiment on our burgers. I love setting up a toppings bar with a variety of choices such as lettuce, sliced onion and tomatoes, cooked bacon and more. It’s a terrific way to get everyone involved and people love building their burgers to their liking. Along with pickles and condiments, homemade pimento cheese is always the star of the cheese selection and there’s never a spoonful left over.
Cheese Makes Everything Better
Sargento Reserve Series cheeses can be found in the dairy/cheese section at your local Harris Teeter. They’re aged to reach full flavor and texture potential and the grated texture holds its own in this Southern classic. For this recipe, I used Reserve Series™ 18-Month Shredded Aged Cheddar cheese which lends an incredibly rich and savory flavor to the pimento cheese.This premium cheddar is aged to the just the right level of sharpness to add exquisite flavor to casseroles, appetizers, pasta dishes, and breakfast favorites. Everything’s better with this aged cheddar. It makes your favorite cheese dishes wonderfully creamy and tasty. I also love the Sargento Reserve Series Shredded 14-Month Aged Parmesan Cheese!
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Southern Pimento Cheese
- 3 6 oz packages Sargento® Reserve Series™Shredded 18-Month Aged Cheddar Cheese
- 1 cup real mayonnaise
- 1 4 oz jar diced pimientos drained, reserve 1 Tbsp juice
- 1 tsp finely grated sweet onion
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground mustard
- few dashes hot sauce (optional)
- In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, pimiento plus reserved juice, onion, worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, paprika, pepper and mustard. Add a few dashes of hot sauce, if desired.
- Add cheese, mix well. Place into an airtight container and chill for 4 hours.
- Serve slathered on grilled burgers. crackers, celery or with corn chips as a dip.