Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Homemade Pimento Cheese Sandwiches




This recipe comes from the Food Network, one of my favorite television channels.  I was watching Sunny Anderson's show the other day and she featured this recipe that is so simple to make and looks so delicious.

These sandwiches would make awesome appetizers for a party!

The only thing I would change . . . omit the onions and substitute cayenne pepper for the black pepper.



Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Cheddar cheese, shredded (recommended: Colby)
  • 1/2 pound Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimentos, plus 2 tablespoons juice
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground celery seed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf white sandwich bread, sliced into diagonal pieces

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine cheeses, pimentos and pimento juice, onion, mayonnaise, garlic, paprika, and celery seed. Mix well and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Transfer the cheese spread to a serving bowl and serve with the bread.

3 comments:

blueviolet said...

I love your idea of adding the cayenne in place of the black pepper. That sounds wonderful!

roz said...

I love pimento cheese, but have never made it. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Gina Alfani said...

@blueviolet . . . my digestive system does not like black pepper! After experimenting for a substitute, I found that cayenne pepper adds a wonderful dimension to any dish where black pepper is called for.

@roz . . . pimento cheese and pimento spread have been favorites of mine since I was a little girl, but I have never thought of making it myself until I saw Sunny make it.

I like the fact that various cheeses can be used to make this recipe unique and I plan on doing a lot of experimenting!

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