Pimento Cheese

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Ingredients (9)

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces pepper jack, grated
  • 4 ounces pimentos, jarred or fresh
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill, finely chopped

Summary

This is not your standard prepared pimento cheese at the grocery store. This is so much better. It’s fresh and has more complexity than those less ready-made versions. Also called pimiento, pimentos are red cherry peppers, about 3 to 4 inches long and are more succulent, sweet, and aromatic than red bell peppers. Serve this pimento cheese dip with crackers, peppers, carrots, and celery sticks — or even make a grilled cheese sandwich with it.

Make your own crackers, using our Homemade Herb Crackers recipe or our Crispy Rye Crackers recipe.

Instructions

  1. 1Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, adobo sauce, and black pepper in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix it until totally combined (if you have a few lumps from the cream cheese, no problem; you won’t see them later!)
  2. 2Add the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, as well as the pimentos and fresh dill, and mix gently until combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl and make sure all the ingredients are mixed together.
  3. 3Refrigerate the pimento cheese for at least 2 hours before serving.
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