Pimento cheese is a southern addiction that truly goes well on anything, with everything, and it is way easier than you think to whip up! Use it as a spread on crackers, pile it high on a burger, bake it into your macaroni & cheese, and if you really want your taste buds to explode - stuff it in bacon wrapped jalapeños on the grill!
Basically, the options are endless. Is your mouth watering yet? It should be and we haven't even shared our favorite way to serve it yet. And that way is the customary spread between two pieces of white bread for the age-old Pimento Cheese sandwich traditionally served at Augusta National.
A Pimento Cheese sandwich is the signature sandwich of the Masters. Served to guests for $1.50, this sandwich is part of the experience if you are ever so lucky to visit the grounds of Augusta National during the week of the tournament. Patrons will purchase these sandwiches by the handfuls and snag them to-go, but don’t think you can’t recreate this cheesy masterpiece. This sandwich delicacy is traditionally dished out at backyard barbecues and at cocktail parties, too and we have MKR’s approach to pimento cheese right here for you to try.
Salt, black pepper & cayenne pepper to taste (optional for a kick)
1. Grate all of the cheese and combine in a bowl. We recommend grating the cheese. No matter how easy it is to grab a bag of shredded cheese, it will not work as well for pimento cheese.
2. Add 1 jar of chopped pimentos including the water mixture they are in, 3/4 cup of Duke's Mayonnaise, cayenne pepper to taste to a large mixing bowl.
3. Stir. Mixed until just combined! If it’s still too dry, add additional Duke's Mayonnaise. The consistency is a personal preference. The mayonnaise should bind everything together, but shouldn’t break the ingredients down. To make a smooth pimento cheese spread, simply place everything in a food processor and blend.
4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve.
MKR tip: Adjust the intensity of heat by choosing to add more or less jalapeños & cayenne pepper or by switching out Colby Jack cheese for Pepper Jack. And be sure to level up with chopped green onion and bits of crispy bacon served on the side, or diced into the pimento cheese itself for a crunch.