I posted some pictures of some pimiento cheese that I made over on the twitters the other day. Someone asked for my recipe, so here it is.
I don't really eat a whole heck of a lot of pimiento cheese and I probably only make it once or twice a year. But sometimes I am randomly struck with a primal urge for the creamy orange goo. My primary use for pimiento cheese is as a burger condiment. One of my favorite things in the world is a burger with a bit of bacon, a roasted red pepper, and a big ol' smear of pimiento cheese.
My recipe is fairly standard with a couple minor additions/omissions. Your main players are the cheese and peppers. For the cheese (1/2 lbs) it is necessary to go with something sharp, orange, cheap, and from New York. I used some Trader Joe's stuff. As an aside, I am coming around to Trader Joe's. I had a bit of vitriol for the place early on, but the wife is a full convert and I am coming around. If you avoid all the TV dinners and stupid frozen appetizer thingies there are some good products.
You also need some pimientos. Either one of those little 7 once jars or half of a full can should do. I used half of one of the Goya cans this time.
I hate mayonaise and can't stand the thought of it floating about in my pimiento cheese so I replace it with either sour cream or cream cheese (4 oz). Sour cream gives a thinner/looser end product and this is how I make it when I know I want to put it on burgers. Cream cheese makes for a more spreadable end product if you are making the pimiento cheese to put on crackers or for other nefarious purposes.
I also add about a tablespoon of whole grain dijon mustard, a hearty pinch of Utica grind red pepper, a large pinch of salt, and some black pepper.
Pulse in the blender until still slightly chunky and put it in jars. It keeps well in jars and I think the stuff actually improves after a couple of days in the refrigerator.
Like I said before, if you haven't tried pimiento cheese on a hamburger you are missing out. The peppers and the mustardy tang make it a perfect burger condiment.
You will have to excuse my lack of buns, I did not have any on hand when my pimiento cheese burger lust fell upon me. Tortilla burgers are good too.