Eating My Way Through the Holidays! Special Edition: Cheesy Pimiento Spread! If you’re a cheese lover, this is a “must-do” appetizer. It is guaranteed to bring big raves at the next holiday gathering. The smokey-peppery version is sure to test your willpower. Should it just be slathered on crackers or bagel chips? What about apple slices? Or will you take it one step further and build a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread? Whatever you choose, create all sorts of ideas for enhancing this nostalgic Southern favorite.
CHEESY PIMENTO SPREAD
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons French Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
4-ounce jar of diced pimientos, drained
2 green onions, snipped
8 ounces extra sharp yellow cheddar cheese, finely shredded
10 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, medium shredded
1 teaspoon sriracha hot chili sauce (optional)
In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, seasoned salt, and pepper. Mix well. Fold in pimientos and onions. Stir in both cheeses until blended. Add sriracha for a kick of heat. Chill one hour or overnight.
Serving Suggestion: Serve as an Appetizer with crackers or assorted vegetables. Also excellent as finger sandwiches.
*For block cheeses, grate one kind with small holes and the other with medium holes on a box grater or using food processor blades.