If you engage in any amount of cooking then you’ve certainly made your share of boo-boos in the kitchen. Sometimes, thankfully, we’re surprised with a happy mistake. This was one of those times.
Inspired by an appetizer of Fried Oysters with a side of Pimento Cheese, that I recently enjoyed at one of our favorite local restaurants, Brick Street Cafe, in Greenville, SC, I was on a mission. I began with an old basic Pimento Cheese recipe that I wanted to try to make my own with some changes and additions. But I misread the base ratio ingredients and used over double the amount of cream cheese called for (a 3 can easily be mistaken for an 8, right?), then I doubled the cheddar to try to fix it, tried adjusting a few other things, and well, it never recovered, but magically turned into my own Pimento Cheese Spread version right there in front of my eyes. I guess it’s still considered Pimento Cheese, just with a lower pimento-to-cheese ratio?
Anyway, you can imagine my delight when my husband nearly swooned when tasting it. It’s some good stuff no doubt. I mean cream cheese, cheddar, Monterey Jack, mayonnaise … how can it go wrong? So it was definitely a happy mistake – and when I say happy, I mean slap-your-pappy-happy. Not that I’m into violence or anything. You get my drift.
It was a happy mistake for sure. Make it. Make it now. Then hide it from everyone else.
You’ll need cream cheese, sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, mayonnaise, pimentos, red onion…
Dill, celery salt, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.
After a little shredding, a little mixing and some measuring you’ll be spreading the good stuff in no time. Full of flavor, with hints of pimento cheese and a little kick, this cheese spread is great on crackers, celery, and I can imagine that it would be fantastic on a sandwich with leftovers from that Thanksgiving turkey as well. Definitely a good spread to have on hand for last minute holiday drop-ins. And it would make a great cheese ball if you’re into cheese in the shape of balls. Perfect for any party.
Remember to refrigerate until served.
- 1 – 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
- 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons pimentos, mashed and rough chopped
- 1 tablespoon grated red onion (white or yellow would work too)
- ⅛ teaspoon dill
- ⅛ teaspoon celery salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add all other ingredients and blend well.
- Refrigerate until served.