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Video:How to Make Pimiento Cheese Spread

with Stephanie Gallagher

Learning how to make a pimiento cheese spread is great way to make a quick and tasty appetizer. Here, see step-by-step instructions for making pimiento cheese spread.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Pimiento Cheese Spread

Hi, I'm Stephanie Gallagher for About.com, and today, I'll show you how to make a traditional Southern pimento cheese.

What Is Pimiento Cheese Spread?

Now at its most basic, pimento cheese is just a combination of sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimento and salt and pepper. But there are all sorts of regional variations and ways you can jazz it up. Some people add garlic, some people add jalapenos, dill pickles, cayenne pepper, all sorts of things.

Ingredients for Pimiento Cheese Spread

We're going to make a basic pimento cheese recipe, and for that, you will need:
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup diced pimentos
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice

Instructions for Making Pimiento Cheese Spread

Place the cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and pimentos in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice, and give it a good stir.Transfer the mixture to a food processor, and pulse until it becomes smooth, like a cheese spread. This is the consistency you're looking for.Now traditionally, pimento cheese is just served as an inexpensive lunch on white bread. But there are all sorts of ways you can try it. You can serve it as a dip with crackers or celery sticks. You can serve it on burgers or hot dogs. You can even serve it as a mix-in with deviled eggs.Today, I'm just going to put it in a little bowl to serve as a spread with crackers and celery sticks. Thanks for watching. For more great recipes just like this one, join us on the web at About.com.
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