Two of my favorite words are “comfort” and “food.” Put them together and it’s magic, just like the simple blend of cheese, mayonnaise and sweet peppers known across the South as pimento cheese.
I refuse to go down the highly processed path of store-bought pimento cheese, which features an unnaturally fluorescent-orange coloring and slimy consistency so today I went out on a quest to find my own home-made version and hit jackpot! I will make it a personal mission if not this week then sometime soon to make my own home-made pimento cheese that I can call my own.
Pimento cheese is so ingrained in the lives of many Southerners that we don’t realize our passion for the stuff doesn’t exist outside the region. Call me country, but I was shocked (shocked!) when I learned that everyday people from Boston to San Diego don’t slap pimento cheese on bread for a quick-lunch, or slather it across their burgers for a decadent treat. For all you non-southerners…you don’t know what you’re missing!