Like sweet tea or shrimp and grits, pimento cheese is an iconic Southern food, and for good reason: it's fast, cheap, easy, and oh so versatile. Start with the basic triple threat — cheese, mayo, and diced pimentos — then add in extras, like worcestershire sauce and Tabasco, for extra pizzazz. Get the recipe and learn more serving suggestions when you watch now.
I'm rarely inclined to re-create a restaurant dish at home, as they often involve multiple components best executed in a setting where a coterie of chefs and prep cooks can pitch in to their prep. That said, I knew I'd have to break my rule after obsessing over a biscuit topped with pimento cheese, prosciutto, and microgreens at California's Artisan Cheese Festival.
Thankfully, none of the components involved are particularly trying to produce. Pimento cheese involves little more than a few swipes of a grater; drop biscuits are a dump-and-stir operation; the other ingredients are a mere matter of sourcing. Combine these all into a rustic finger food, and the result is a hearty appetizer far greater than the sum of their already dangerously enticing parts. Make them yourself, and I'm sure you'll agree.
As a California girl by way of New England, I had yet to taste the wonder-inducing substance that is pimento cheese till a few weeks prior. Let's just say that since that first sharp, creamy, and all-around mind-bogglingly delicious bite, I've been making up for lost time and then some. Luckily, I live with a Southern lady who shares a passion for all things culinary related, and — as luck would have it — comes from a family that's involved in the restaurant and catering business. So, when I decided to re-create this revelatory retro treat I knew exactly who to turn to.
Tangy, twangy, sharp but smooth, and studded with chunks of sweet pimento peppers, this classic, no-frills recipe comes courtesy of my roommate's stepmother — who happens to own a catering business — and is pretty darn perfect. If you've yet to become acquainted with this Southern luncheon staple, there's no time like the present — whip up an addictive batch today.
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Although the biggest Mardi Gras celebration happens on Fat Tuesday, I recommend you have your own party, complete with beads and masks, this Saturday night. Serve a delectable spread of Southern finger foods, including some classic New Orleans dishes. I've scoured our recipes to come up with an amazing menu, so check it out now!
I love the worry-free factor of these bites. The pimento cheese can be made several days ahead, and the recipe can be halved and still turns out great. I don't have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, so I hand-mixed the pimento cheese. Win over any Super Bowl fan when you read more.
I'm not from the South, but I have always considered pimento cheese to be an oddly glamorous appetizer. The ingredients are simple, but the flavor combination sublime. When I saw sausage master Bruce Aidells's sophisticated makeover of this Southern classic in the December issue of Bon Appétit magazine, I knew I had to make it.
I spent most of yesterday in the kitchen prepping for today's feast, and this crostini made a delightful snack to munch on. It's not too rich, cheesy but spicy, and easy to put together, making it a great last-minute Thanksgiving appetizer. To get the recipe, read more