Pimento cheese is one of those quintessential Southern foods that are as much about the memories you associate with it as the delicious taste itself. Grandma’s house, summer get-togethers, a lunch box treat; it reminds us of childhood. But there’s no reason you can’t bring your love for pimento cheese into adulthood; with some sophistication of course! Using Goodtaste’s Ultimate Pimento Cheese recipe as your base, here are five new ways to enjoy it.
Consider this comfort food overload, in a good way! Mayonnaise is not only the magic ingredient in the pimento spread, but putting a thin smear on the outside of the bread gives it a crispy, golden crust. This Goodtaste recipe makes a quart of pimento cheese which is plenty for four sandwiches. We recommend saving any leftovers for your own treat later on some Saltine crackers!
Just when you thought deviled eggs couldn’t get any better; our Goodtaste recipe adds pimento cheese to them–what?! Of course, you could swap out the garlic, cheddar cheese and pimentos in the filling with a ½ cup of pre-made spread. But trust us, you (and your guests) will love the end result.
This recipe by Ashley Christensen, chef at Poole’s in North Carolina, is featured in Food & Wine. We love how it takes pimento cheese out of the sandwich and appetizer realm and into the main dish stratosphere with spicy flair. The pimento cheese is spread under the skin of the whole bird before roasting for juicy meat and crispy skin.
Have these pimento cheese scones at breakfast, or with afternoon tea if you’re feeling extra fancy, but either way, you’ll definitely enjoy this Southern Living recipe. Bonus: They are easy to make and one batch yields eight scones, so perfect for sharing with family, friends or both!
Pimento cheese is a natural choice for your next gooey quesadilla! This recipe from How Sweet Eats adds chicken and pickled jalapeños for a more filling and vibrant snack. Pro tip: Make the pimento spread up to two days in advance and store it in the refrigerator to save even more time.
We think you need a dessert to add to your pimento cheese repertoire! This Southern Living recipe makes two dozen cookies, and the strawberry preserves in the center makes them even more unexpectedly sweet and savory.