This is the best I've ever had. My mother found it years ago on food.com, and it's the gold standard. You'll never buy pimiento cheese again! If you want a milder version, omit the cayenne pepper.
Drew's Homemade Pimento Cheese
Total Time: 10 minutes
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
1⁄4-1⁄2 cup mayonnaise (I use 1/4 cup)
1 (4 ounce) jar chopped pimiento drained
1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar
Chop pimientos into small pieces, or pulse in a food processor.
In small bowl, stir all ingredients until well mixed.
OR put all ingredients into a food processor, and pulse until well-blended and pimientos are in small pieces.
Serve on crackers, with celery, or make pimiento cheese sandwiches!
NOTE: Using 1/4 cup mayonnaise makes a rather stiff spread which we like. You may prefer to add up to 1/2 cup mayonnaise to get the spreading consistency you like.
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