The next few weeks are going to be pretty crazy here. My classmates, husband and I have already experienced an overwhelming mix of knowledge, class load, and life. But what has been experienced a few days here and there is now going to be spread out over a few constantly busy weeks. When there's so much going on in life, it is always good to have some bit of simplicity. This week, pimento cheese has brought a bit of simplicity in our lives.
Pimento cheese is one of the main southern staples. It is found at most deli counters, many refrigerators, and an imposter version is processed and in a jar at every grocery store (I don't recommend this kind). True pimento cheese is simplicity on a sandwich, composed primarily of cheese, jarred pimentos, and mayonnaise.
However, it is also quite controversial and often elicits responses of hatred and disgust, usually from those who have only tried the imposter version. Most of those who love pimento cheese seem to prefer it with some heat, or at least a savory version. However, there are a few who like a slightly sweet version. I happen to be one of those. Please don't run in horror or throw sticks at me.
This pimento cheese does make a wonderful sandwich, but my favorite way to enjoy it is on a ginger snap or graham cracker. The juxtaposition of (mostly) savory and sweet is good, just like baked brie and cranberries or cream cheese with sweet pepper jelly on ginger snaps. If you like those flavor combinations, chances are you'll probably like this, too. And if you don't, I have plans to try a savory, spicy pimento cheese in the coming months.
8 oz Muenster cheese
8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz mozzarella cheese
8 oz Monterrey jack cheese
1/4 cup sugar
7-8 oz jarred pimentos
1 cup Hellmann's or Duke's mayonnaise
Grate the cheeses using a food processor or a box grater. Put the cheese in a large bowl. Add the sugar, and toss together. Add the pimentos with their juice and toss together (until the pimentos are well dispersed). Stir in the mayonnaise.
The pimento cheese will be very soft when just prepared, but it will become more stiff after refrigerated for a few hours. Store pimento cheese in a covered container. Serve on sandwiches, celery sticks, ginger snaps, or graham crackers.
*This blog post title comes from Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral.