Pimento cheese is ubiquitous here in the South but I have only warmed up to it recently. For years it was the idea of pimentos that turned me off. I hate olives and the little burst of red inserted into them didn't make either ingredient more appealing. I can't remember when I finally bite the bullet and gave it a try, but now I'm hooked.
Pimento cheese is a simple spread of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and some seasoning. A million recipes offer variations on the basic but I prefer mine classic without too many frou-frou ingredients. I love it on crackers or smothering a juicy burger but when I saw this recipe for Warm Pimento Cheese Dip, I knew I had to give it a try.
I love the Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes cookbook. So much so, that I just ordered it so I can have it in my permanent collection. Warm Pimento Cheese Dip is a perfect example of how they put their own spin on traditional Southern dishes. Three types of mustard are added and then the mixture is heated up. Talk about addictive! I loved this. My only change would be to cut back on the mustard. Not a lot, just a teeny bit. I also think it would be great served with bread cubes, slices of baguette, or various veggies.
To all my Southern friends, try this riff on the traditional pimento cheese. I think you will be glad you did. To all of my Yankee friends, this is the perfect way to try this Southern classic!
Warm Pimento Cheese Dip
Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 cup finely diced roasted red bell pepper
Tortilla chips for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the cheese, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, stone-ground mustard, mustard powder, salt, pepper, parsley, and red bell pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.
Serve with tortilla chips