So what other Southern specialties do you have up your sleeve? I have to admit, no one but the South can do banana pudding and fried chicken. And I’m partial to southern (read: NC) barbecue over any other varieties. The thing I love about Southern food is that so many other states try to reproduce it, put a high price tag on it and hope folks show up for novelty or nostalgia…but it just doesn’t work.
My grandma has burnt out the motors of 2 KitchenAid mixers making “cheese ball” for every occasion in her NC town. Club crackers are traditional. Atlanta cafe’s serve it up in egg sandwiches, grilled cheese, and BLTs. One of the very best, oft-ignored southern foodstuffs!
This looks beautiful! My only exposure to pimento cheese has been of the very scary shelf-life of champions pre packaged kind. Frankly I’ve never been interested in touching the stuff. You, however are changing my mind. I can’t wait to give this a try!
Pimento cheese is a food group all alone in our house, and I converted by Michigan born husband long ago. People who don’t like it have never had the real stuff. Try it on a hamburger, or a grilled pimento cheese with bacon and tomatoe. You won’t be sorry. Jalapenos do rock in it, by the way.
Oh, man. You just brought a memory to the forefront of my mind that I had forgotten even existed. Pimento cheese sandwiches on white bread in my Southern aunt’s kitchen. My mom and her sisters talking and laughing around the table. A little taste of my aunt’s sweet tea… Thank you.
Aw man. Might have to make this for my mom for Mother’s Day. She’s from the South and goes bananas for pimento cheese sandwiches. I’ll have to get over my aversion for even touching mayonnaise though in order to whip this up.
This reminds me of my southern grannies. I’d like to try it but can’t use mayo due to family egg allergy. Do you have any suggestions for a substitute or would it work just leaving it out?
I think you could try a substitute. I haven’t tried any of the vegan mayo products out there, but they might work. Or try yogurt or sour cream either of which should work nicely here. Let us know how it goes!
So enjoyed this post! I grew up in the deep south with my mother, grandmothers, and various aunts who were all fantastic southern cooks. There was always some pimiento cheese around the house. We had it in sandwiches or with celery as you showed in one of your posts. Your recipe is very similar to our family’s standard. You’ve also made me realize that on my own blog, I need to return to what I know and do best….traditional southern farmhouse cooking. Thanks so much!!
Then you make a warm wonderful Hamburger on the grill with a fabulous roll ,that you can only get in a big metropolitan area. Next you get a few sliced pickled jalapenos, A slice of fresh tomato. A whopping dollop of your pimento cheese and it all goes on your burger. Accompanied by a roll of paper towels. This is a messy delight! Great!!! Now I am starving!! Love your site! (rarely comment , I lurk…)
Your pimento cheese photos are fabulous! However, they make it obvious that you don’t slather on the mayonnaise like I do! I did a post on this gorgeous stuff in March and was just getting a real craving going when I stumbledupon your post. If you get a chance to check out my recipe, let me know. I suppose a person could cut back on the mayonnaise just a tad! Edna Lewis was a wonder, wasn’t she?
I just stumbled across your site, and I’m so pleased to have it as a resource, besides as eye candy. I clicked over to this post, as a pimiento cheese aficionado, and wanted to share my cheater’s recipe. All it entails is spreading mayo and sambal oelek paste on your sandwich bread (fresh white homemade is the traditional best, of course) and applying some sharp cheddar cheese. Voila–emergency spicy pimiento cheese sandwich heaven.