Not many things are as Southern as Pimento & Cheese. I know around here every family has their own variation of the classic spread. Our family’s version is from none other than my Mae Mae! I know you’ve all heard alot about her, but you just might as well get used to it because a good many of my “family” recipes come straight from her. When I was in high school and college, taking care of Mae Mae was a big part of my week and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single second. She had a best friend named Lois, who was somewhat reliant on me as well. We’d pack up in my mom’s car and head to town at least a couple times a week. I’d take them to the grocery store and go through both of their lists, running all over the store grabbing things off the list while they strolled the aisles slowly seeing if there was anything else that looked appealing to them that day. One of the most prominent memories that I hold of Mae Mae is cooking with her, and because of my love of cooking and fear of losing those recipes forever, I sat down with her and handwrote all of her recipes down while she told me what to write. I thoroughly remember this entire process. It took months but I am grateful every single day when I pull out my cookbook full of her recipes that I can still make things that take me back to the time I spent with her. I miss you dearly Mae Mae but I know you’d be so proud and happy that I’m sharing your recipes with everyone else!
You’ll need some pimentos, cheese, mayonnaise, salt & pepper, and sugar
Mix together the cheese and drained pimentos. Add in a dollup or two of mayonnaise. And this is the part where you’re pretty much on you’re on…every good Southern cook just adds ingredients until things are “right”, the way they like them. If you like yours creamier, then by all means add lots of mayonnaise. I do advise you to start with an amount smaller than you think you’ll need because you can always add more, but you can’t take it away once you’ve added it.
Add just a tiny pinch of sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir it all up good because that’s what Mae Mae says to do!
My favorite way to eat Pimento and Cheese is the true Southern way, on a big slice of regular old white bread. You gotta trim the crusts to make it 100% Southern too! Although, I didn’t have any white bread in the house today when I made this so I had to settle for a cracker. Yummy!
Oh my heavens it’s ever so delicious!!!
Pimento & Cheese
shredded Cheddar cheese
1 small jar pimentos, drained
salt & pepper, to taste
pinch of sugar
In a large mixing bowl, stir together shredded cheese and pimientos. Add a dollup of mayonnaise and stir to combine; continue adding mayonnaise until it’s the consistency you desire. Stir into a pinch of sugar; add salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Store refrigerated until ready to serve.