Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pimento Cheese Spread (Down Home Style)

Here in the South many of us love our Pimento Cheese Sandwiches! Everybody has their favorite recipe, which can vary greatly, and their choice of vessel in which to devour the creamy concoction. Some prefer crackers, others wheat bread, or perhaps topping a bed of lettuce garnished with pickles. My favorite way is generously spread on a couple of slices of very fresh store bought white bread. You know, the kind most of us were raised on, Wonder, Colonial, that kind. One of the many good things about this stuff is, it lasts a long time in the refrigerator, so you can make up a bunch and snack on it for quite some time. I admit, it isn't very healthy, but it is one of the staples at Rose Hill Cemetery Decoration Day Events from days gone by, and currently. There were always many different varieties of this, some smooth, some chunky, with nuts, pineapple, pickles and a wide array of  types of cheese. Some made it with Velveeta, other cheddar, or a mixture of both. Always mayo or Miracle Whip, sometimes Cheez Whiz. Like I said there is no wrong way to make it.
Considering the many varieties of food offered at these functions, one may wonder why sandwiches? When you have all this other stuff? There were many who had a 'grab a bite and mingle' approach to the day, wanting to catch up with seldom seen relatives and friends. Decoration Day is a very social affair, as well as a time honored tribute to our loved ones resting there.
I am going to share with you my sister, Gale's, version of Pimento Cheese Spread. It is simple, delicious and as southern as it gets!

1 lb. Velveeta (at room temperature)

8 oz grated sharp cheddar

1 large jar pimiento

2 Tbsp bread and butter pickle juice

2 Tbsp chopped bread and butter pickles

3/4 cup salad dressing, I like to use Miracle Whip

Mash room temperature Velveeta with a potato masher and mix with other ingredients. Serve as a sandwich 

or with crackers.

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