The Pimento Cheese Incident

by Robyn Wright on October 9, 2015

in Food

The Pimento Cheese Incident

Traveling to the south you are going to see a lot of pimento cheese on menus. Don’t worry, it’s a good thing. For those unfamiliar with this delicious spread, it is a combination of cheese, mayo, pimentos, salt and pepper. There are of course many variations on this recipe. The tangy spreadable goodness with a bit of a spicy kick from the pimento is amazing on just about everything!

South City Kitchen (Atlanta) version of Pimento Cheese

South City Kitchen in Atlanta makes an amazing Pimento Cheese that has a bit more of a kick than many of the others I have tried. I’m all about the spicy food these days so I really enjoyed the extra oomph. I was able to try this while at the #SITSum conference recently.

Pimento Cheese - put it on everything

Take a schmear of pimento cheese no matter what else you are eating. Like I said, it goes with everything! On the plate above I tried that pimento cheese on the already super cheesy and creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, on the crispy fried chicken, I dipped the garlicky green beans into the pimento cheese, and of course I spread a little on that cornbread biscuit!

True Food Kitchen's VEGAN Pimento Cheese and Roasted Veggie Tray

There is a great restaurant called True Food Kitchen that serves all sorts of healthy, good-for-you types of food that are amazingly tasty all at the same time. Even people who turn up their nose and roll their eyes when they hear “healthy food” love there food at True Food. The other night we went for dinner there and we ordered some roasted veggie appetizer trays. On the tray, their version of a pimento cheese, Pimento Cashew Cheese Spread. Amazingly this is a vegan version – no actual dairy cheese at all. It was just as delicious as traditional pimento cheeses.

You can never have too much Pimento Cheese

 

Everyone in our group loved this stuff! So much so that the manager brought us several more little bowls of it. We were putting that stuff on everything on the table. I promptly took a dollop of it on my knife and plopped it on my turkey lasagna – clouds part, angels sing, OMG amazing taste moment! Those at dinner with me put it on their pizzas, chicken, and everything.

During all of these spreading of the pimento cheese love fest it did get a tad messy at the table. Hence, The Pimento Cheese Incident. I wiped as much of it off of my smartphone as I ate I think. It was just so funny because as often as I wiped it up it just as quickly returned.

Nicole decided that  The Pimento Cheese Incident would be a fabulous name for a band! I know it would get my attention. We also brainstormed on other ways we could use pimento cheese.

  • Thin it out a bit to make a vinaigrette or salad dressing for any salad!
  • Make a savory waffle or a crepe and spread with the pimento cheese and then stick in some crispy strips of bacon and roll it up!
  • Use the pimento cheese as the sauce on a pizza and add some roasted or pickled veggies, mushrooms, and maybe some prosciutto.

Oh my, I’m getting hungry as I am writing this post! I have actually never made pimento cheese myself, but I will be very soon and trying some variations on it. I will share the recipes that I try that turn out well. To get me started, and you, I found a few recipes online for pimento cheese.

So are you a pimento cheese fan? Do you have your own recipe to share with us? What do you put pimento cheese on?

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{ 13 comments }

1 Lisa Brown October 9, 2015 at 5:18 pm

I love anything cheese :) Looks great. The plate of food looks comforting with the mac & cheese. I would put pimento cheese on crackers.

2 tannawings October 10, 2015 at 1:33 am

I LOVE pimento cheese. I can eat that stuff plain right off of the spoon but thats kind of rude so I will claim eating it on pita bread. It makes good sandwiches even.

3 Robyn Wright October 12, 2015 at 10:14 am

I admit, there were a few of us at the one dinner who licked the small bowls to get every bit of it LOL

4 Kristen October 10, 2015 at 7:03 am

I’m suddenly realizing I have an automatic “ew!” reaction to pimentos simply because when I was a kid all I knew was that they were the “yucky” things stuffed into green olives, which I hated! Now I’m a grown-up who likes peppers of other sorts—so why wouldn’t I like pimentos? I don’t think I even know what they taste like! And I love cheese so…I’m definitely going to try this!

5 Robyn Wright October 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

You should definitely give it a try again! I was the same way as a kid, but as an adult I really have learned to expand my palette and always give things a try again. It is amazing how much less picky I am because of this.

6 Robin October 10, 2015 at 7:41 am

This is funny. My sweetheart, a native southerner, adores pimento cheese; he would put it on everything too. It’s growing on me, but I would generally still choose spreads that don’t involve mayo. He likes it on sandwiches anytime though.

7 Robyn Wright October 12, 2015 at 10:48 am

Agree, the mayo is not my favorite part. When I try recipes I will use light mayo or maybe even try a non-fat greek yogurt base??

8 shellypeterson October 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm

All the food in this post looks amazing. I can’t wait for you to come up with your pimento cheese recipes to share. I would love to try it out.

9 Robyn Wright October 12, 2015 at 10:48 am

Thanks @shellypeterson:disqus

10 Natalie October 12, 2015 at 6:35 am

I have to be honest…I have never tried pimento cheese before but now you have me interested!

11 Robyn Wright October 12, 2015 at 10:49 am

Give it a try when you have a chance!

12 Kelster October 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I keep hearing about pimento cheese but have never tried it or seen it around here. I guess I’m going to have to make it myself.

13 Tiffany C October 30, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Wow, I’ve never had pimento cheese! This sounds so delicious! I like the idea of using it as a pizza topping! Getting really hungry reading this, good thing it’s dinnertime! :)

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