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Pimento Cheese

  • Servings: 6

Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta

Chef Linton Hopkins uses locally grown pimientos (heart-shaped sweet red peppers), which he cans himself, in this luxurious spread, an old Southern favorite.

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  • 3 medium red bell peppers
  • 5 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded (2 cups)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 cup), softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon juice from a jar of bread and butter pickles (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Saltine crackers, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. Light a grill or preheat the broiler. Set the bell peppers over a hot fire or under the broiler and cook, turning, until charred all over. Transfer the bell peppers to a plate and let cool.
  2. Peel the roasted peppers and discard the cores and seeds. Cut the peppers into 1/8-inch dice and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the diced peppers with the cheddar, cream cheese, mayonnaise, pickle juice and Tabasco and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with crackers.
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