I have not been a huge pimento cheese fan, maybe because I really hadn’t eaten it much growing up in the Midwest. When we were visiting St. Simon’s Island for my best friend’s wedding last September we stopped in at the Boulevard Cafe for lunch. I ordered their grilled cheese made with homemade pimento cheese topped with bacon and it was ah-mazing! So good that I had it two more days and would have had it everyday but they were closed on Sunday. I was inspired from my amazing sandwich to try and make pimento cheese and didn’t realize how easy it was. Recently on a business trip I was in Richmond, Virginia and ate at Pasture for a pre-birthday dinner and started with their homemade pimento cheese with Ritz crackers. Their pimento cheese was excellent also and made me crave some more of this homemade goodness! Make sure you shred your own cheese – it tastes so much better because it is fresh.
1-pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (do not buy pre-shredded cheese)
¾ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 ounces diced pimentos, drained with 1 tablespoon of liquid reserved
⅛ teaspoon onion powder
Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy! You can eat it on crackers, make grilled cheese, or eat it with a spoon – no judgment here.
Slightly adapted from: Southern Belle Simple