When the weather is hot, sometimes a sandwich is just right for dinner. I had a request for a good homemade pimento cheese recipe, so I thought this may just be the right time to share it with the readers.
This pimento cheese recipe has been spiced-up and dressed up. To give the meal a special twist, I have included a recipe for fried dill pickles.
Dress up your sandwich with a couple of slices of bacon and fresh tomatoes, and you’ve got a “gourmet” sandwich plate for supper.
Thanks to my friend Cary Lynn for introducing me to fried dill pickles. I love them dipped in Ranch dressing.
This pimento cheese is also good as a dip for crackers or as an appetizer when served on gourmet crackers and topped with an olive or crunch bacon.
Spicy Homemade Pimento Cheese
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 block or pkg. (8oz.) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 cups mayonnaise
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 cup diced pimentos, drained
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper or season to taste
Using a blender, pulse 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and cream cheese until smooth, just about a minute or so. In a large bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients.
Fold in the cheese mixture from the blender. Mix well. The mixture will be a little lumpy. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Fried Dill Pickles
1 jar (16 oz.) dill pickle chips or spears
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups cornmeal
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground red pepper
1/2 tsp. hot sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
Vegetable oil or Canola oil
Drain and slightly dry pickles on paper towel. Blend all dry ingredients plus the hot sauce.
Place buttermilk in a shallow dish. Dip each pickle, one at a time, first in the buttermilk, then the cornmeal mixture, coating well. Fry the pickles in oil that is 375 to 400 degrees for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. You can fry several pickles at a time.
Using a slotted spoon, remove pickles from oil and place on a cooling rack or paper towels. Allow to cool about 5 minutes before eating. If desired, season with additional salt.