Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Favorite Pimento Cheese

This recipe is adapted from one I found on Southern Living's recipe site after perusing Pinterest.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (7-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
1/2 cup chopped jarred sweet-hot pickled jalapeno pepper slices
1 tablespoon liquid from sweet-hot pickled jalapeno pepper slices, chopped
4 cups freshly grated mild Cheddar cheese (1 lb.)
*My modification: half mild cheddar, half smoked cheddar...wowzers.
*And: Grate your own cheese...bagged kind is too dry for this recipe.

Preparation:

Toast nuts by putting them in a dry pan (meaning no oil or butter) over medium heat until they become fragrant. Note: Nuts can burn quickly so tune into your nose. When you can smell 'em, they're toasted. Cool for a bit (otherwise they'll melt the cheese).

Stir together mayonnaise, diced pimiento, chopped pickled jalapeƱo peppers, liquid from sweet-hot pickled jalapeƱo pepper slices, and toasted pecans. Stir in cheese until well blended.

Serve with red bell pepper strips, cucumbers, carrots, zucchini strips-whatever you love!

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