I may be from the northeast but I do have some roots in the south. My mom was born in Alabama, my Nana Jeanie and Papa lived in the south the entire length of time I knew them, and my sister and her family have now lived there for many years. I love southern cooking a whole lot. The first time I had pimento cheese that love grew even deeper. It was just on a humble sandwich but it was anything but ordinary in flavor. So I decided to make some homemade pimento cheese right here at home that I could use in lots of ways. It was so easy to make too!
After that, I just sealed the homemade pimento cheese up and used it as I wanted it. Oh my goodness it was heaven. I just scooped some up with crackers for a snack, melted some in grilled cheese, and used it as a topping for burgers. It was so versatile! Hope you all love it too, xoxo
I completely fell in love with homemade pimento cheese the first of many times I had it down south. This version is so incredibly flavorful, simple to make, and can be used in many different ways!
- 1 whole egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup canola oil
- 8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 jar pimentos chopped small, 3 ounces
- 1 cup thinly sliced scallions greens only
- 1/4 cup mayo either the above homemade recipe or jarred
If making your own mayo, wrap a mixing bowl in a cold damp towel. This helps emulsify the mayo. Whisk the egg yolk, mustard and vinegar together really well, then keep whisking while you slowly pour in the oil. Keep whisking until you have a thick, gorgeous mayo. If you use jarred, skip that step and go right to mixing the sharp cheddar, pimentos and scallions together. Then add 1/4 cup of either the homemade mayo or jarred and stir it in to bring all of the rest of the ingredients together. Set any homemade mayo left (there will be about 3/4 cup left) sealed in the fridge for further use. Seal up the pimento cheese too and use it in countless ways! It's a fantastic dip on its own, grilled cheese filling or burger topping. Enjoy!