Kimchi Pimento Cheese

"A classic Southern favorite and a Korean staple go hand in hand. For something extra special, use homemade kimchi (and fry your own potato chips!). I was inspired for this recipe by Mind of a Chef, a PBS show created by the geniuses behind the now defunct Lucky Peach empire. It's an adaptation of the Pimento Cheese recipe in Lucky Peach Issue 8: The Gender Issue."
 
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photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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Ready In:
12hrs
Ingredients:
7
Yields:
1 quart
Serves:
8
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ingredients

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directions

  • Beat the cream cheese in a mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth and slightly aerated.
  • Meanwhile, squeeze the liquid out of the kimchi with your hands (or in a sieve with the back of a wooden spoon) and reserve it for the next step. Pulse the kimchi several times in a food processor, or chop it finely.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the Tabasco, mayonnaise, vinegar, and 2 Tablespoons of the kimchi liquid.
  • Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Turn the mixer on to medium, add the cheddar, and mix for one minute, then stop, scrape again, and mix for another minute.
  • Without stopping the mixer, drizzle the liquid ingredients into the cheese mixture and continue to mix until completely incorporated.
  • Remove the bowl from the stand and fold in the pimentos and chopped kimchi.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
  • Allow to rest out of the refrigerator for an hour before serving.
  • Serve with your favorite potato chips or chicharrones.

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