Pimento cheese is a glorious substance that can be used in a multitude of ways. It's delicious as a sandwich, on cracker, or on top of a burger. I like to make a grilled cheese with it on occasion. We L-O-V-E pimento cheese in the South. In fact, there is a restaurant in Columbia, SC called Rockaways, and they have pimento cheese fries that I die for. I. Die. (Rachel Zoe fans out there?)
I wanted to make pimento cheese so that I could make sandwiches for my road trip. I realize I was traveling by myself and still felt compelled to make two sandwiches. Just in case, y'know?
Not content with the basic PC, I decided to make two spinoffs as well. Hence, theme and variations. Don't get me wrong, I love pimento cheese just about every which way. But as we learned with the peanut butter brownies, I can't leave well enough alone.
Here we go!
Basic Pimento Cheese
Just so you know, it's really important you use Duke's mayonnaise. Just kidding. Not really. My taste buds feel that Duke's is far superior to other mayos. I can't help it. In fact, my bestie, Kaitlin, and I have arguments on Duke's vs Hellmans. There's really no contest if you ask me. The really important thing is not to use Miracle Whip. I can't even imagine what havoc that would wreak on your PC.
First things first, grate up your cheeses. I've never used store-bought shredded cheese for my PC, but I imagine it wouldn't be as good. I've never been able to find extra sharp shredded cheese, and I refuse to use just sharp in this. It needs that extra sharp bite.
That's the basic PC. But you like a little spice you say? You want a kick with your pimento cheese?
Chop those suckers up and add them to the basic pimento cheese you already made.
"But wait!" you say. "It's just cheese? Where's the meat?!" Actually, my dear friend, April, brought this up to me one day when I offered up some PC. She's from Delaware, so some of the Southern things didn't make much sense to her. I give her credit though for her love of Sugarland.
The solution? Well, it's the solution to life quite frankly. Bacon. And parmesan.
See that big ol' piece of bacon on top? Nom.
If you need to store your pimento cheese(es), use air-tight containers.
This is about a pound of pimento cheese total. It'll make 4-5 sandwiches, more if you don't pile it on like I do. You can also serve it with crackers as a nice appetizer for 4 people.
The moral of the story? Pimento cheese is like a little black dress. It's lovely on its own, but it doesn't mind being dressed up a bit either.