A dish of flatbread with spices at Magnolia's in Charleston, SC

Pimiento Cheese

Any true southern mother of the Loveless generation has her own recipe for pimiento cheese, Tom declares. "It's something like pool hall slaw'- a sour slaw made with mustard and vinegar- in that it is something people made because it lasted. Before processed cheese, I was a chore to make your own pimiento cheese. Processed American cheese made it easier to mix, but I believe that making it is becoming a lost art. People ask me, Why make it? My answer is that it should be made. It is a tradition. When I fix a grilled cheese sandwich, it wouldn't be right without pimiento cheese."

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • ½ cup grated yellow Cheddar cheese
  • 2 ½ cups grated extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese
  • tsp cayenne
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp crushed dried pimiento
  • Salt and pepper
  • Stir together the cheeses, cayenne, mayonnaise, pimiento, and salt and pepper to taste in a mixing bowl. Mix well until creamy. Serve chilled; great on white toast.

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