day 10: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it … punchy pimento cheese

In keeping with yesterday’s theme of using what you’ve got on hand (and at the request of a follower here at, I dove into the depths of the snack drawer to see what other concoctions I could muster without a trip to the grocery. Pimento cheese it is!

Now as I understand it, this may be a completely Southern standard. But, as I believe … it should be anyone’s standard. You’ll find hundreds of thousands of takes on the classic, all of which I’m sure are someone’s favorite. However, there are a few ingredients that I simply have to object to no matter the recipe – cottage cheese, store bought shredded cheese, Velveeta (it has it’s place, this is not it) and olives or frozen vegetable add ins (gross) are a few. To the contrary, a few others are indicative of a delightful taste bud treat – sharp cheddar, a splash of vinegar and a bit of spicy specifically.

Let’s concoct, shall we?

Punchy Pimento Cheese

Punchy Pimento Cheese

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of cheese! ( I used about a cup of Vermont Seriously Sharp White Cheddar & about a cup of extra sharp cheddar)
  • 1 small can of diced pimentos, drained (you’ll find these in the canned vegetable section. If you can’t find them diced roasted red peppers will do just fine.)
  • 2 heaping spoonfuls of quality olive oil mayo or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp of vinegar (apple cider, white balsamic, red wine – whatever you’ve got on hand)
  • 1 healthy dose (about a tsp) of hot sauce of your choice (I used sriracha because it’s the best thing ever)
  • a pinch of cayenne

What you’ll do:

  1. Shred your cheese. Please do not try to use that pre-shredded mess in the bag, it does no one justice.
  2. Combine all ingredients
  3. Serve it up on a sandwich, with celery sticks, pretzel thins, bagels, burgers, out of the bowl, or whatever else floats your fancy
  4. Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “day 10: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it … punchy pimento cheese

  1. Super! I’ve never used a dash of vinegar when I make pimento cheese. And I use jalapeno pepper. I can’t wait to try your recipe with the vinegar and sriracha. Also, I’ve used cream cheese in my recipe but it will be interesting to try your recipe without it.

    I live in Wisconsin, so I have plenty of options when it comes to sharp cheddar cheese.

    What do you put in a pimento cheese sandwich (besides pimento cheese)? Is there a traditional list of ingredients?

    Thanks so much for the recipe.

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