Here in the South, Pimento Cheese is an essential- a culinary rite of passage, a dish Paula Deen could whip up with her eyes closed. No matter the occasion, or the season, or the crowd, Pimento Cheese is an appropriate addition to any food spread. It’s perfect for football tailgates, cocktail parties or sandwiched between two slices of white bread with the crusts cut off.
Pimento Cheese is the most popular and requested snack at our afternoon Wine and Cheese Reception. We serve our Pimento Cheese as a spread, accompanied by wheat crackers and green olives. (Stack them all together and you have yourself a real treat.) Our Pimento Cheese recipe has been passed down through generations of Kings Courtyard Inn family. In its most recent adaptation, we’ve added pickled jalapeno peppers and scallions for a bold and spicy punch. The recipe is just as delicious if you’re not big on spice. Leave the jalapenos out, and you’ll end up with the rich essence of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. Yum.
Our Pimento Cheese recipe calls for just a few ingredients. Its preparation is so simple. You’re only 15 minutes away from a crowd pleasing appetizer. The chef recommends trying different variations of this recipe to create your own personal Pimento Cheese blend. Want more spice? Use pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar. Need more flair and flavor? Add sun dried tomatoes. There is simply no right or wrong way to make and enjoy Pimento Cheese. What’s your favorite preparation?
The Kings Courtyard Inn “Southern Pimento Cheese Spread”
Serves: 10-15 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
6 cups – Cheddar Cheese
2 cups – Mayonnaise (Dukes is our favorite brand)
1 cup – Sour Cream
1 small can – Pimento Peppers, diced
1 small can – Pickled Jalapeno Peppers, chopped (optional for a spicy kick)
3-4 Scallions, diced (optional for a spicy kick)
Dash of salt and pepper
In a large bowl, combine cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. Finely dice pimentos and scallions before adding into the cheese mixture. Mix all ingredients together by hand and add a dash of salt and pepper to taste. If the spread is too thick, add more mayonnaise. If spread is too thin, add more cheese.
For Pimento Cheese Dip: This variation calls for about a half cup less of mayonnaise. All other ingredients remain the same. Combine all ingredients and blend in a food processor before serving for a smoother consistency.
Afternoon wine and cheese receptions are just one of the complimentary amenities we offer at the Kings Courtyard Inn. Consider it a delicious dose of Southern Hospitality. We invite you to be our guest this fall. Check out our special rates and packages for a Charleston getaway.