One of my favorite things to snack on or have as a quick, light lunch is Pimento Cheese. I have loved this since I was a kid. I use to buy the containers of cheese spread found in the grocery store until I decided to make it homemade a few years ago. Ooohhh man … once you make a batch of this you will never look at Pimento Cheese the same again! You can serve it on homemade flatbread, crackers or on Boston lettuce leaves or endive. It also makes a great appetizer next to deviled eggs!
The best part is you can adjust this recipe to fit your family’s tastes and come up with your own family favorite recipe.
I had bits of cheese and a few veggies that I needed to use up and came up with this recipe.
Note: This is yet another recipe where the measurements are not set in stone. You can add or adjust to your tastes. Experiment and make this recipe your own!
- 1 cup raw milk sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- ½ cup gouda cheese, shredded
- 4oz organic cream cheese, brought to room temperature
- ½ organic red pepper, roasted and diced
- ½ small organic sweet onion, diced
- 2 TB fresh parsley
- 1 TB fresh dill
- 1 clove organic garlic, minced
- 2 TB homemade mayonnaise
To roast your red pepper: If you have a gas stove top you can put the red pepper directly on the grid, turn the flame up to about medium low and roast the pepper directly on the flame by turning it every few minutes until the skin is charred.
If you do not have a gas stove, you can use your oven or convection oven and put the red pepper directly on the rack at 400 degrees. Turn the pepper every few minutes until skin is charred.
Once roasted, but the pepper in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap until cool. This allows the steam to get under the skin so that it is easy to peel. Once cooled, simply peel the skin off the pepper and dice.
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and gently mix. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Do you have a recipe perfect for using up bits and pieces of cheese and veggies? How about a great, quick and easy appetizer?
See you in the comments!
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