When I was about 16 my parents took my brother and I to see “The South.” We rented a car and hit 8 states in 2 weeks. We went to the Grand Ole Opry, visited Graceland and Monticello, and experienced Waffle House. My brother discovered bluegrass (and loves it to this day) and I discovered humidity. I actually had to buy a new skirt while I was there because I truly had never been so hot and sweaty in my entire life. (I still have that skirt actually. It’s a good one. But maybe I shouldn’t be admitting that I still wear clothes from high school?)
Somehow I missed the pimiento cheese phenomenon though. It’s a Southern classic, apparently. (Although I read somewhere recently that if a dish is fattening and delicious, the Southerners automatically claim it as their own, regardless of whether or not it originated in the South. I’m cool with that. I like having an innocent-sounding label for food that is fat and delicious.)
This stuff is amazing. Cheese, mayonnaise, pimientos. Pretty simple, yet mind-blowing when you top a cracker with it. It’s really good with Wheat Thins or Ritz, or even carrots. I spread it on some biscuits and added tomato to make these fun little appetizers. Let the dip come to room temperature before you serve it. Way to go, South. This one’s a winner.
Source: adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, July 2013