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Paula's Pimento Cheese Stash

Posted June 7, 2011

I interviewed Paula Deen this morning and she promised to let me sample her special stash of pimento cheese when I travel to Savannah. Today’s question: if you could have a famous chef cook or prepare you a dish – who and what would they be?

I don’t eat as much pimento cheese as I used to for obvious health reasons but it is my favorite comfort food.

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The Washington Post recently did an extensive article on the emergence of pimento cheese as a hip Southern food that is finding its way into numerous recipes at top restaurants across the country.

You can even buy a $19 pimento cheeseburger at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain in New York. Just curious – how many of you like pimento cheese and what is your favorite brand? 


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  • Celt Jun 9, 2011

    As long as it is Giada, I don't care what she makes. She could serve me lionfish spines on three day old hard tack and I would be just fine.

  • momofcjm Jun 9, 2011

    Homemade pimento cheese is the best! For store bought, I'd go with the Fresh Market or Palmetto (jalepeno version is super yummy and WAY cheaper at Costco!). Is it time for lunch yet?

  • tobywilliamson58 Jun 9, 2011

    I likes some permenter cheese too!

  • blou310 Jun 9, 2011

    Make my own based on Fred Thompson recipe in N&O several years ago, or I too go to Fresh Market.

  • superman Jun 8, 2011

    My mothers receipe so it aint exact. Grate about a pound of mild cheese or sharpe cheese or whatever cheese is your favorite. Use a small jar of pimentoes. Add a little mayo and just keep adding until the mixture looks about like chicken salad would look. Add a little sugar-- the sugar takes away some of the strong taste of the pimento. Taste it-- add the sugar very slowly as you are not making a cake and you dont want to make it sweet. Best to refrigerate it a couple hours. You may have to add a little more mayo cause it is like chicken salad it kinda absorbs the mayo. I make a pimento cheese sandwich and them toast it in a frying pan--just like toasting a cheese sandwich. kosher dill pickle, potato chips, a good old southern pepsi, My mother cooked 3 meals a day every day except on Sunday when we only had 2 cooked meals. We had homemade biscuits 3 times a day. I am retired and over 70 but I still miss my mom and dad. They were absolutely the best.

  • kdavis23 Jun 8, 2011

    Our Pride is the best I have ever had. I know the Wooten Family personally and I know they only use the highest quality ingredients and strive very hard to make it the best. Plus they are great Christian people.

  • bleslie Jun 8, 2011

    I agree. Fresh Market's pimento cheese is my favorite overall.

  • fishnett5977 Jun 8, 2011

    I'm not a fan of pimento cheese but I dont mind making it for my family! If I could choose one tv chef to cook for me it would be Rick Bayless -"Mexico One Plate at a Time"! I love latin food(Mexican,Cuban etc) and he makes the dishes look wonderful. If not him, just about ANYONE on the Food Network!!!lol :)

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 8, 2011

    I remember my step-mother making it with a food grinder that attached to the kitchen table. I think she used colby and sharp cheddar and red peppers -- I think that was why I turned my nose up at it because I (at that time anyway) didn't like red or green peppers. I should see if someone in the family has the recipe and make it and see if I'd like it now.

  • wolfpack_girl1976 Jun 8, 2011

    I love my mother's best but Our Pride made in Roxboro is GREAT and Palmetto is really good.

    I would like to ride around with Guy on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.




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