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Southern Pimento Cheese Dip



Well, it is no surprise that I have many pimento cheese recipes up my sleeve. I think every Southern Belle has a couple, or that one recipe every one raves about. 

Pimento cheese is a staple on tables here in the south. Along with Sweet Tea, Collards, Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, and Pot Roast. It's one of the many prized recipes handed down from generation to generation.



While this recipe has not been handed down from other generations, may be some day! This white pimento cheese uses two cheeses, Cabot's Seriously Sharp Cheddar, and Trader Joe's Caramelized Onion Cheddar. <--- Have you tried it??? TJ's Caramelized Onion Cheddar?! OMG. It is delectable. By itself. On a burger. In pimento cheese. Go pick up some today! If you have a TJ's in town…. We got one a few months ago, and it has been a hit here in Asheville, NC!



Southern Pimento Cheese Dip

8 ounces Cabot Seroiusly Sharp Cheddar, shredded
8 ounce Trader joe's Caramelized Onion Cheddar, shredded
8 ounce Neufchâtel cheese (we need to save calories somewhere!), room temperature
3 Tbs Pimentos, or diced red bell peppers, drained
1 Tbs Diced Jalapeños, with a plop of the brine
1/2 cup Light Duke's Mayonnaise
1 Tbs Whole Grain Mustard
Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
Few grinds of Black Pepper

Begin by grating your cheddar cheeses - either with your food processor's grating attachment, or by
hand. Place in large mixing bowl. {Leave the neufchatêl cheese till the end!}

In a smaller bowl, add pimentos, jalapeños, mayo, mustard, worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Whisk till combined.

Pour the wet mixture over the cheeses, and stir to combine. It should look like this…



It's not very wet - just "gently" coated.

Now add your block of room temperature cream cheese. Use your strength to combine everything! It gets rather difficult! But, let's burn those calories before consuming them! ;-)

Keep stirring till it is combined well. Looking like this….





Plop into a greased serving dish (I used a 9 inch glass pie baking dish!), and bake at 350˚ for 15-20 minutes. Watch for it not to get too brown and bubbly. If you want to make the top more brown, broil on high for a couple minutes.

Serve warm with either Club crackers, or tortilla chips!


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3 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious! Would this work without TJ's caramelized onion cheddar...I don't have one near me.

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    1. Of course it would work without the caramelized onion cheese! You could use a mild cheddar for a bit of color!

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  2. This is to DIE FOR! A friend made this as an app for our supper club this weekend! Wonderful recipe. Thank you!

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