Pimento cheese is well known in the south, though it’s origin is in New York. It seems that Georgia started a large canning facility for the sweet red pimentos in the 1920’s and the south took full advantage of that. All I really know for sure is that the rabbit patch loves it-and pimento cheese is as easy to make as it is to eat. There are many variations-and you can add what you see fit. Bacon bits and pickles are commonly used add ins, but we like the basic recipe below-
16 oz. of sharp shredded cheese
8 oz. diced pimentos ( you can lessen or add more as you prefer)
mayonnaise, salt, pepper, garlic-all your preference on quantity
a dash of mustard
This spread is great on crackers for a snack or in a sandwich, it makes a meal. If there’s a chill in the air , serve it like a grilled cheese-you won’t be sorry. At one time, before occasions got so fancy, little pimento cheese sandwiches were served at every bridal or baby shower I ever went to-including my own. And beware-store bought is not the same thing.
The rabbit patch serves this when good friends come by-and it’s always better that way.. . of course, it is great for a picnic too.
* From “The Color of Summer”