One of my favorite parts of my job, in both BBC’s marketing and blogging, is recipe development. Whether it’s a simple 5-ingredient energy bite or full entree, I love thinking about flavor combinations and pairings. Testing things out and tweaking them to perfection is all part of that fun. As I mentioned in this post, I helped develop the recipes for the April BurgaBox. One that I came up with all on my own (with some inspiration from my grandmother!) was the pimento cheese for the burger.
My grandmother, born and raised in Atlanta, had a great recipe to start with. I knew I could count on her! My two grandmothers are always the best at giving me quick, solid recipes that always work. Because I like to take things up a notch (or two or three…), I threw in a few extra spices to give it some of my love.
The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese
- 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 (5 oz.) jar of pimentos with juice
- 1 small jalapeno, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne (optional)
- salt and black pepper to taste
Place the cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos (+ juice!), jalapeno, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Using a rubber spatula, mix until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Always, always use the juice. It moistens the cheese a bit and give it additional flavor. It also provides that bright orangey-red color you’re looking for. Because you’re using a jalapeno, the cayenne pepper is optional but I do recommend it for a more vibrant flavor.
Now…how should you eat it!? Well, I’ve shown you how to top a burger with it. But pimento cheese is best as a dip. You need something sturdy. I highly recommend Primizie Crispbreads. They’re a thick-cut specialty chip that’s perfect for cheeses, hearty dips, and spreads. The ingredient list is pretty awesome too. As you see below, the ingredients are “The Best From Everywhere!”
The best part is that they come in a bunch of flavors:
I love the Gouda & Garlic dipped in pimento cheese, but it’s just as good with Simply Salted and Ancient Grains. The Chile & Lime is delicious with guac and the Dolce Caramel is awesome crumbled over Greek yogurt for a late-night snack.
Use the store locator to find Primizie near you (in Boston they’re in Big Y and Stop & Shop’s deli section) then whip up a batch of pimento cheese! ENJOY!”, then whip up a batch of pimento cheese! ENJOY!
What’s your favorite dip? Do you have a favorite for parties?