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Deviled Pimento Cheese Recipe

Deviled Pimento Cheese Recipe

In Life:

If you keep up with me on social media, you probably already know that I’ve been in south Texas for the last two days. My mom and step-dad have a house and some property down here, and I came here for a week to spend some time with my mom and help her out. Eventually they’re gonna sell this place and move a little further north. By north, I mean north of 1-10. We are actually 6 hour south of Houston right now. Crazy town. Only 25 minutes from the border.

I’m really enjoying the time I’m spending down here. I don’t get to see my mom all that often since we live so far apart so I treasure these opportunities to spend more time with her. We have tons of projects planned for this week. We’re going to do alot of cleaning and organizing and some house painting, too. It’s nice to take a break from my regular life and step into someone else’s. I miss Jeremy like crazy, but I feel at home here with my mom. We get along really well.

What about you? Do you enjoy visiting your parents out of town? Do you do it often? Around the holidays? Let me know in the comments below! I like hearing about how other people deal with living far from their parents.

In Cooking:

It’s Friday, and you know that that means – game day recipe!! Woo!!! I just love football game day party food. Sign me up, I’m there for all of it. And being from the South, I also love pimento cheese. I think it’s actually a requirement of living here. Not 100% sure, need to check my membership card for that (ha). ANYWAY, that’s a super cheesy way of me saying I’ve got a cool pimento cheese recipe for you today – a deviled pimento cheese recipe. It’s a jacked up version of the familiar Southern favorite, and I actually adapted it from my own classic pimento cheese recipe.

Deviled Pimento Cheese Recipe

The first question I always get is “what makes it deviled?” And to that I answer, I say anything that’s highly seasoned is deviled. But when I looked up the real definition of “deviled,” I realized that it also means that the food has usually been minced. Which is interesting. I didn’t realize that was part of it, but I guess it is. And that makes sense when you’re thinking of deviled ham or the pickles and peppers in this deviled pimento cheese, for instance. In the end, I think we’ve got deviled covered from both angles here: highly seasoned and filled with minced ingredients.

I actually only made a couple of changes from my regular pimento cheese recipe. The first one was that I replaced regular jarred pimentos with peppadew peppers. Peppadews are typically found on the olive bar in the grocery store deli area, but they can also be purchased jarred. They’re a delicious pickled pepper that hails originally from South Africa. They’re a little sweet, a little spicy and a lot delicious. They definitely are a step up from the normal jarred pimento, and since they lend a deeper level of flavor and seasoning to a dish, I figured they’d be perfect for this deviled pimento cheese recipe.

Key Ingredients for Deviled Pimento Cheese Recipe

The second change I made was that I added pickles to the mix. And not just any pickles – I added my own refrigerator pickles to this recipe. Relax, you don’t have to make your own pickles to make this recipe. Any tangy and/or spicy pickle will work just fine. However, if you want to make your own pickles for this, be my guest. You’ll get bonus points at the end for extra effort. Maybe even a snazzy gold star. But what you will definitely have is delicious deviled pimento cheese, that’s for sure!

So those are the two simple but delicious changes I made to classic pimento cheese. I think you’ll like the change from jarred pimentos to peppadews and the addition of the pickle. I sure loved it. From now on when I make pimento cheese, I’m sticking with this deviled version. It suits my tastes better overall, that’s for sure. I even made a delicious grilled cheese sandwich with it. Oh yeah, I went there, and I’m not even the least bit sorry. Try it!

Deviled Pimento Cheese Recipe

Yield: 2 cups

Deviled Pimento Cheese Recipe

This deviled pimento cheese recipe is a delicious twist on the Southern classic. Punched up with peppadew peppers and spicy pickles, this cheese is sure to please.

Ingredients:

  • 1-8 ounce block of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped peppadews
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped spicy pickles
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Method:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese on medium high speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure even mixing.
  3. Refrigerate two hours to overnight for flavors to marry. Keeps in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
  4. Serving suggestion: smear on toast and broil for a special treat. Or you can just serve with your favorite chip or cracker. Either way, it’ll be delicious!

Prep:15 min

Total:2 hour 15 min

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