To the uninitiated, pimiento cheese may seem a little unusual, but for Southerners this dish might as well be a delicacy.
Advice on how to best make this delectable spread abounds, with discussions regarding what cheeses are best and how finely they should be shredded. To begin, the humble pimiento is a red, bell-shaped pepper that is lighter and sweeter than a traditional red bell pepper. Finely diced, it becomes the main ingredient in pimiento cheese. Once that bridge has been crossed, the fun begins.
At Southern Living, our Test Kitchen has some simple suggestions to help you make the perfect pimiento cheese. You'll need mayonnaise, pimientos, Worcestershire sauce, ground red pepper, and sharp cheddar cheese. Everything else is extra. You may love yours with nuts, or prefer White Cheddar-Chive Pimiento Cheese, New South Jalapeño Cheese, or Bacon Pimiento Cheese. Whatever your preference, spread some on burgers, crackers, and sandwiches. Or, enjoy it as an appetizer with some cut vegetables. Say what you will, but pimiento cheese is a simply Southern tradition.