Classic Pimento Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 4 ouncescream cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese (finely grated)
  • 1 cup roasted red bell pepper, pureed (or substitute a 8-oz. of jarred pimentos)
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely grated (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional mix-ins. Add a few tablespoons minced fresh onion, a chopped green jalapeño, a scoop of sweet pickle relish or minced dill peppers, finely chopped olives, chopped toasted pecans, herbs, curry powder, or celery seed.

Directions:

  1. Mix the mayo and cream cheese together in a bowl with a fork until thoroughly blended.
  2. Add cheddar cheese and mix well.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Taste and adjust flavorings as you see fit.
  4. Chill for a few hours to let the flavors marry. Set out about 15 minutes before serving so it will soften a bit.

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