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A Taste of the South–Pimiento Cheese

One food I love to eat when I vacation in South Carolina (besides shrimp and grits, pralines, peaches, and coconut cake from the Peninsula Grill) is Pimiento Cheese!  Pimiento Cheese is a southern tradition, and is usually served cold as a sandwich
or celery filling.  But I think, baking the pimiento cheese is a great addition to any party.  Enjoy the gooey cheese with crackers, chips, or raw veggies.

I tried and tried to put together a recipe that stayed true to the Southern pimiento cheese roots, and finally came close with this one!  Make sure you add this to your Superbowl party table…or any other time you entertain!

(Makes 2 cups)

3/4 cup mayonnaise (or a combination of mayo, Greek yogurt, or sour cream)

2 ounces of drained, diced pimiento

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8-1/4 teaspoon red pepper (make it as hot as you like!)

4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

4 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350

Stir together first four ingredients in bowl; stir in cheeses

Pimiento Cheese Ingredients

Spoon mixture into a lightly greased one-quart baking dish

Non-Baked Pimiento Cheese

(if you feel like serving the Pimiento Cheese cold, put in fridge and do not bake!)

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until it is golden and bubbly

Option:  garnish with olives for last 4 minutes of baking

Baked Pimiento Cheese Garnished with Olives!

Serve with crackers, corn chips, and/or raw veggies

Baked Pimiento Cheese with Veggies and Chips!

IF (and that is a big IF) there are any leftovers, make sure you make yourself a Pimiento Cheese sammie for lunch the next day…or even reserve some before you bake to be sure you have leftovers!

What is your favorite dip to serve at a party?  Leave it in the comments below or email me at newsforchews@gmail.com!

Stay hungry…

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