How to Make Homemade Pimento Cheese
This week has been brutal. I'm so glad it's over! I knew things were going a little too good when I woke up Tuesday at 5 am and felt as though I had slept for days. By 10 am I felt awful, no thanks to the 40-degree drop in the temperature overnight. I ended up in bed for nearly two days with a cold. I am a terrible patient. Luckily, no one has to hear me whine except for my dog and I think she even got tired of it. The worst part was that I had no energy to prepare any food which left my poor little blog all alone with no attention from me. I'm sorry. Alas, I'm back and completely ready for the weekend!
I felt well enough to go to work yesterday and came home (after picking up Chick-fil-A for dinner) and decided to start doing a little Christmas decorating. I know it seems early but I want to make sure I have plenty of time to enjoy it since the is the first time in a long time that I actually have a house to decorate. I just hung some garland and lights on the banister in the loft. Then I decided I wanted to make burlap bows. Thanks Pinterest! Sadly, I ran out of burlap so I was only able to make two. Never fear, Hobby Lobby is just down the street and I will head there first thing in the morning! I'll include a picture as soon as I get them made along with a link to the site where I found this little DIY project. I didn't really get the crafting/decorating genes in my family. Those were given to my mom and my sister Wendy of Designed To Dwell. They can make anything. I make epic Pinterest fails. Story of my life! Lucky for me, I got the food gene.
I got home tonight after sitting in traffic and decided I just wanted a simple dinner. I certainly did not feel like slaving away in the kitchen all night which is odd because normally I love it. I'll be good by tomorrow, promise. Soooo, I opened my fridge to see that I had all the ingredients for Pimento Cheese. I already explained in my Olive Nut post about how much we love our spreads here in the Bluegrass State. Here's another one. It's pretty traditional around these parts and I don't remember ever opening my mom's fridge and not finding Pimento Cheese. This spread travels well and makes great sandwiches or a fantastic dip for crackers!
8 ounce block of mild cheddar cheese, grated
1 small can of pimentos or 1/4 diced roasted red peppers
2 tablespoons sweet pickle juice (I know it sounds weird but trust me on this one.)
2 heaping spoonfuls of mayo
This can't get much easier: Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Ta-da! Taste to adjust ingredients.
If you prefer it sweeter, just add more pickle juice. I used sweet gherkins but bread and butter would be delicious as well. You can also turn this into a fabulous grilled cheese sandwich. I'm working on some variations of Pimento Cheese, also. You'll just have to stay tuned for those!