Pimento cheese is my very favorite sandwich of the "salad" variety. It is easier to make and even sometimes cheaper than the other kinds of salad sandwich spreads such as chicken salad or even tuna salad.
This recipe, however, is not your average pimento cheese, which is almost sweet and has no spice at all. I only know one person who makes pimento cheese that way and does it well, but that women can make anything good! No, this pimento cheese has zero sugar and it has the addition of jalapeños and cayenne pepper! However, I am sure that if you cannot stand spice at all, this recipe would still be delicious void of those ingredients. I would be sure to add some kind of acidic ingredient in its place if you are going to do that. Relish maybe?
Once you have all of these ingredients mixed together and a couple good blobs of it have been spread on your sandwich, you could add some sliced ham, turkey, chicken, bologna, dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, or any other topping that goes well with cheese (which is all of them, really). After saying all of that though, I will say that this cheese spread is just phenomenal all on its own.
Anyway, this recipe is so freaking easy I could have just written you the ingredient list and said "combine" at the bottom, but I feel like that would have been lazy of me. I think after writing this I will have to go get a spoonful out of the refrigerator myself!
Yield: about 2.5+ cups pimento cheese
- 1 8 oz. package grated sharp cheddar
- 1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup diced jalapeños, or to taste
- 2 tablespoon diced pimentos
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill (OPTIONAL)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
In a medium sized mixing bowl or storage container, combine cheeses, mayonnaise, jalapeños, pimentos, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, black pepper, and possibly dill, and mix well.
Taste for seasoning, adjust if need be, and then spread on your favorite bread to make one of the most delicious sandwiches ever. A dill pickle is a very recommended addition.