Spicy Pimento Cheese

Spicy Pimento Cheese
"The caviar of the American South!" The simply delicious mixture of shredded cheddar, diced pimento peppers and mayonnaise is the stuff of everyday Southern life and a widely loved American classic. No matter where their first taste came from the local grocer or Grandma’s kitchen, most Southerners are attached to their ’menta cheese memories and family recipe.

I love this completely cheesy, umami-rich recipe on crackers, as a dip with crudité and especially in a grilled-cheese sandwich with bacon! This recipe is our Taste#5, lightened-up version of the signature pimento cheese from Stinky Bklyn, a wonderful cheese shop located in Brooklyn.

INGREDIENTS

4 oz pimentos, drained and chopped
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 tablespoon Taste #5 Umami Bomb
1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
8 ounces neufchâtel cheese
1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup pickled jalapeños, chopped
2.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese

METHOD

Combine the neufchâtal cheese, yogurt, Taste #5 Umami Bomb, Sriracha, garlic powder, and celery seed.
Mix in the pickled jalapenos, pimento peppers and grated Cheddar.
Taste and add more yogurt, if necessary.

Chill before serving.

SERVING SUGGESTION

This Pimento Cheese make the best ever grilled cheese sandwich, especially with a slice of smoked bacon or thinly shaved smoked ham.