I'm fixin' to make some puh-minnuh cheese. Yeah, you heard me right...fixin' to! And here in the South we call it puh-minnuh. It's pronounced like those lil' thangs you put on a hook when you go down to the pond to catch a big 'un...you might know them as minnows. But we call 'em minnuhs and what I'm fixin to make is said the same way but with a puh in front of it...puh-minnuh cheese! We also don't call it pimento cheese spread...I guess we dropped the spread 'cause...we know it spreads! (From hip to hip! LOL)
Now, for a little background, every good cook in the South has a recipe for pimento cheese...usually a family recipe that has been tweaked and fussed over. Anyway, the following recipe is the one I use. The pecans are optional, but really make a difference so...if ya got 'em, use 'em! Also, using really good mayo is a must! And we won't even discuss how to grate the cheese...it's a personal thang! I use a box grater and grate the extra sharp on the small holes of the grater and the sharp cheese on the larger ones. Make sure you use both sharp and extra-sharp! And if I'm feeling spicy...I add 1/2 cup chopped jalapeno peppers (pickled).
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained and coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon finely grated onion
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 1 (8-oz.) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1 (8-oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese
Make the mayo mixture: Stir together mayonnaise, diced pimiento, Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, garlic powder and ground red pepper until blended.
Add pecans and shredded cheeses to mayo mixture, stirring until blended.
This can be stored covered in fridge for up to a week. Eat with crackers, celery, or with white bread as a sandwich!
**To toast the pecans: Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring halfway through to prevent burning and to allow the nuts to become brown evenly.
If you try this, I hope you like it!
BTW...no pictures because live writer is not letting me download any and I'm also having trouble publishing this post...grrrr!