Help Me with Homemade Pimento Cheese!

Ever since my trip to Oxford, MS, I’ve been dying to recreate the delicious pimento cheese I had!

I grabbed a recipe from Paula Deen and her son Bobby off of Food Network. My thinking was hey, it’s Paula Deen, this must be the real southern recipe I’ve been looking for! Well, wrong. It wasnt what I was looking for. It was still good, just a little too creamy and lacked depth. Basically what I’m saying is… Please send me your amazing homemade pimento cheese recipes! I’m dying for some good ones. I’ll walk you through what I did, and please give me your tips and hints about where I went wrong!

Cooking and blogging inevitably yields some disappointing results. And I like to share those with all you food lovers, because believe it or not, y’all are a wealth of knowledge! Please impart that upon me. Please and thank you.

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The recipe called for 3oz of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. I thought this was too much for me, so I reduced the mayonnaise to 2 tablespoons. It was still too creamy for my liking though.

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I got my supplies ready:

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 oz of cream cheese
1/8 teaspoon of each: salt, pepper and garlic powder
3 tablespoons of pimento peppers

iPhone to guide you, mixing bowl, hand mixer…

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Wedged off 3oz of cream cheese that I let come to room temperature.

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I beat until fluffy.

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Added all my other ingredients. I just spooned the pimento peppers out I the jar, should I have patted them dry?

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As I began to mix, I realized this was way creamier and turning into an orange paste… Not the pimento cheese of my hopes and dreams.

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Again, it wasnt bad… Just not at all was I was hoping for. Suggestions? Anyone?? I’m listening!

Anyone have recipes without cream cheese and/or mayonnaise? Any tips for how to use or save these leftovers I’ve already made?

Thanks friends!