Homemade pimento cheese with a smoky twist and a spicy kick is perfect for snacks and sandwiches on its own. Use it in any recipe that calls for pimento cheese as an ingredient, and take your dish up a notch or two.
Homemade pimento cheese was a staple in our house when I was growing up – especially in the summertime. Mama made the traditional type with just a little mayo, salt and pepper, and a good dash of apple cider vinegar.
Over the years when I’ve heard people say they don’t like pimento cheese I could never understand. But then, one day I got a taste of that stuff in a tub that was sold in groceries back in the 60’s and 70’s. That’s when I got it. If that’s all you’ve ever had, do yourself a favor and try the real thing.
Simply spread it on a cracker or a crostini and you’ve got the snack perfect to go with a cold beer or a tall glass of iced tea. Add it to a buffet in an elegant dish surrounded with vegetables and water biscuits and our Spicy Pimento Cheese is special enough for any occasion.
Pimento Cheese as an ingredient in other recipes
We have several recipes right here on Biscuits and Burlap that call for pimento cheese. If there’s no time to make homemade we do love small batch Proper Pepper made right here in Georgia, but sold all over. If you don’t find it in your local store, ask for it!
But, when we have just the few minutes it takes we do love to make it at home. Make a double batch to snack on and then use the rest in recipes like Burger Sliders Stuffed With Pimento Cheese or our Pimento Cheese Ball.
These little appetizers in phyllo shells have a sprinkle of bacon on top and they will be the first to go at any party.
It also makes a natural addition to our Southern Style Grazing Board.
The spiciness can be toned down a bit
I know what some of you are thinking…. I just can’t take it that spicy. Now you know that here at B&B we love spicy foods. And, this pimento cheese packs a pretty good punch.
If you like a kick, but not too much, here are a couple of suggestions: Leave out the additional diced pickled jalapeno peppers. If you do that, add an extra teaspoon of cider vinegar. You could also leave out the cayenne pepper, but we do think cheddar and cayenne are a magical combination.
Have you ever had cheese straws and loved them? They almost always have a tad of cayenne, and our recipe is no exception. You can get to it by clicking here.
Don’t leave out the smoky Tabasco, because that’s a key ingredient in giving our pimento cheese it’s smokiness (alternatively you could add a drop or two of liquid smoke). The same goes for the smoked paprika, and it doesn’t add any heat anyway.
It goes without saying that Pimento Cheese is the ultimate southern recipe. If that rings true with you, you’ll have an interest in Southern Food Then and Now.
Spicy & Smoky Pimento Cheese
- 8 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 ounces freshly grated Pepper Jack cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup mayonaisse
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- 6-8 slices pickled jalapeno slices diced finely (optional)
- 2 ounce jar diced pimentos
- 1/2-1 teaspoon Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce could substitute 1-2 drops liquid smoke
- Stir all ingredients together except jalapeno slices and pimentoes until well blended.
- Add jalapeno slices and pimentoes and stir gently.
- Refrigerate at least 2 hours and preferably overnight to blend flavors.
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