Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Warm Pimiento Cheese Dip


Up until a few years ago, I never really cared for pimiento cheese (also called pimiento cheese spread).  The little I had tried just never really appealed to me.  So I hardly touched the stuff.  Then I had an opportunity to try Callie's Pimiento Cheese.  Callie's (run by a talented gal named Carrie Morey) is a famous biscuit shop in Charleston, South Carolina.  Her pimiento cheese was a game changer for me.  It didn't have tons of mayonnaise in it and it really let the flavors of the sharp cheddar cheese and pimientos shine. And I realized that I absolutely loved Pimiento Cheese! It just had to be made a certain way. So I vowed that one day I would try to re-create her version at home.  I'll try to get that posted soon.  Nothing is as good as hers though.  But one of the fun things about experimenting is you often come up with dishes you never expected (the good and the bad).  So, I was mixing up a batch of Pimiento Cheese and realized I didn't have all the sharp cheese on hand that I wanted to use but I already had my mayo and seasonings mixed.  So I threw in a block of softened cream cheese, a little more mayo and the shredded cheese and decided I would try to make a dip. HOLY COW!! I hit the warm dip jackpot!  I'm gonna say this, I think even if you are not a huge fan of Pimiento Cheese, you are gonna really enjoy this one!

Quick lesson: pimientos are a type of red pepper that are sweet and are very mild.  Also, I don't know about you, but whenever I say "pimiento" it always comes out "Puh-menno". 
So when you say this out loud, feel free to call it Puhmenno Cheese Dip. Hee Hee.
Let's get started with this awesome dip. You are gonna love it!!
Make it for your next football game day gathering.  It will make you a star for sure!
Ingredients:
2 (8 oz.) blocks of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayo
1 (7 oz.) jar of diced pimientos, well drained
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
dash of hot sauce
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup crushed Ritz crackers


Note: I used a combination of cheddar and Monterey jack cheese here. It's what I had on hand after I bought a bunch of cheese blocks on sale and with a coupon (woo-hoo!) I prefer pimiento cheese with sharp cheddar cheese but go with what you like. It was still SO good with this combo. of cheeses.  Also, you could use pre-shredded cheese for this if you want to save some time.  However, when I make pimiento cheese spread, I only use freshly shredded. It just wouldn't taste as good with the pre-shredded kind. 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
Now, get all your cheese shredded.
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and mayo. 
 I like to use an electric mixer to get it combined well.  
Make sure your pimientos are well drained. 
They are packed in water so you don't want a bunch of excess water messing up your dip. 
Add pimientos, green onions, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce and a dash of hot sauce. 
Stir well to combine.
Finally add in your shredded cheese.
Stir until combined well.  At this point I give it a taste test.
Add in salt and pepper to taste.
Spread mixture into prepared baking dish.
Sprinkle with crushed Ritz crackers
Bake at 375F for about 18-20 minutes (on the middle rack). Do not overcook. Topping should get slightly golden brown and bubbling gently around the edges. 
Then dig in with your favorite buttery crackers!
Enjoy!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the recipes!!! Keep'em comin

Lynn said...

Holy Cow...this sounds amazing. I am not a southern girl so I never grew up nor heard of it until a few years back. I did taste it while visiting Savannah....wasn't impressed much. But this one has got my attention for sure! I'll make it soon for football playoffs...the guys will be happy to try something new! With sharp cheddar cheese and cream cheese..seriously how can you go wrong....I just want to take a spoonful of it right from the pictures you have on here...salivating, slurp!!

Anonymous said...

When you say in the recipe green onions does this mean just the "green top part of the onion" or all of it (complete onion).

Kandy said...

I love Pimento Cheese and have since I was a little girl growing up in Texas...the only version I don't like is the premade one that is loaded with sugar. This dip looks wonderful. Thank you!

MonkeyPants said...

Good Golly, I think I'm in love! That looks delicious & perfect for game day. Thanks Brandie!

Brandie Skibinski said...

I just used the green part but you could use the white part too. Just make sure to dice it up into small enough pieces so someone isn't biting into a big chunk of onion. :)

Brandie Skibinski said...

Maybe that was part of the turn-off when I first tried it. Now, I'm in love! :)

Brandie Skibinski said...

Hahaha - exactly!! I just know you are gonna love it Lynn!

Brandie Skibinski said...

Thanks so much! Sure do appreciate that!

Brandie Skibinski said...

Hope you love it as much as we did!!

Cindy Royer said...

You make this sound so delicious! I enjoy your recipes so much.

Leslie said...

Oh my, I would so love this dip!!! I need to Pin now and try out very soon! Thanks:)
Blessings,
Leslie

Rustown Mom said...

This looks like it would make a cold sammich spread, too! Thanks for the recipe (:

bakeorbreak said...

This look so, so good, Brandie! The dip idea is genius. I love pimiento cheese, or as my mother called it, pimiento and cheese. I've never found a way to make it that's the way I like it. You can't beat a good pimiento and cheese sandwich!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I never liked pimento cheese until I made it in my own kitchen. Your recipe is different that the one I have, so can't wait to try your version. Sounds like this one should go right to my Superbowl menu. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Lee said...

Masterchief found Bacon Ritz at Walmart yesterday. I'm making this dip for him to go with them. I know he'll love it!
My recipe book is filled with so many of your recipes.
Thank you!!

Hekter said...

Sounds great, but can you just leave it cold?

Mary Hedges said...

Could you use Miracle Whip instead of Mayo? My hubby wont eat mayo.