Pimento cheese sauce is a delightful and versatile condiment that can be used in various dishes. Here’s a basic recipe for preparing pimento cheese sauce:
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup diced pimentos, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped jalapenos for a spicy kick
- Worcestershire sauce for added depth of flavor
- Dijon mustard for a tangy twist
- Chopped fresh herbs like chives, parsley, or scallions
- In a large bowl, combine the shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and softened cream cheese. Mix well until the cream cheese is fully incorporated and the mixture becomes creamy.
- Add the diced pimentos to the mixture and gently fold them in.
- Season the mixture with onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Start with small amounts of cayenne pepper and adjust according to your desired level of spiciness.
- If you’re using any optional ingredients like chopped jalapenos, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, or fresh herbs, add them to the mixture and stir well to combine.
- Taste the pimento cheese sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. Remember that flavors will meld as the sauce sits, so be cautious not to over-season.
- Transfer the pimento cheese sauce to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours before serving. This allows the flavors to develop and the sauce to thicken slightly.
- Serve the pimento cheese sauce as a dip with crackers, tortilla chips, or fresh vegetables. You can also use it as a spread for sandwiches, burgers, or sliders. It’s a fantastic addition to grilled cheese sandwiches, too!
- Store any leftover pimento cheese sauce in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
Enjoy your homemade pimento cheese sauce as a delicious and versatile accompaniment to various dishes!
Remember, this is a basic recipe, and you can get creative by adjusting the ingredients and quantities to suit your taste preferences.