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We had it in the fridge all the time from the deli in Virginia. This spread is so delicious, I think that this is a great spread to make for a large group gathering as a snack or appetizer. It has just that slight kick from the cayenne pepper that comes up at deli.
- 1⁄2 lb 'mild yellow cheddar cheese or 1⁄2 lb longhorn' cheese
- 1⁄2 lb aged sharp white cheddar cheese, preferably Vermont 'or New York'
- one 7-ounce can pimiento, with their juice
- 1 cup chopped scallion
- 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise, 'preferably homemade'
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
- 6 dashes Tabasco sauce (to taste)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- crackers or raw vegetables, for serving
- 1. Use a meat grinder or the coarse side of a box grater to grate the cheese; for a grinder, use the cutter with large holes. Put the ground or grated cheese in a mixing bowl and add half the juice from the canned pimentos. Dice the pimentos and add them. Add the chopped scallions.
- 2. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and garlic. Add this to the cheese mixture. Add the Worcestershire, Tabasco, and black pepper and blend well; taste and adjust the seasoning.
- 3. Serve at room temperature as a spread for crisp crackers and raw vegetables or use as a sandwich spread. (Pimento cheese can be tightly sealed and kept for several days in the refrigerator.).
- Notes: I learned to make pimento cheese from a southern friend's mom. She doesn't use Worcestershire or garlic but I think they sound like great additions. I think I'll add this to next weekend's football food! I made it a day ahead of time and I think it tastes even better with a little time to rest before serving.