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Pimento Cheese

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
Kentucky Derby appetizer spread

Keep spirits fueled between the placing of bets and horses racing with this Derby Day-ready pimento cheese recipe from Jonathan Searle. This recipe is all about the cheese. Make sure to pick a high-quality, sharp cheddar. Also, roast your own fresh peppers. The canned peppers just don’t taste the same. Feel free to adjust the lemon juice, salt, and hot sauce to your liking.

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yields

Makes 1 jar

    Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cream cheese
  • 1½ pounds shredded sharp cheddar cheese (Searle uses 2 year Tillamook sharp cheddar), divided
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
  • ⅓ sweet yellow onion, grated
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ tablespoon sweet paprika
  • ⅓ tablespoon hot paprika
  • ⅓ tablespoon Crystal’s hot sauce
  • ½ garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped

  • This recipe is all about the cheese. Make sure to pick a high-quality, sharp cheddar. Also, roast your own fresh peppers. The canned peppers just don’t taste the same. Feel free to adjust the lemon juice, salt, and hot sauce to your liking.
steps

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, place all ingredients except for half of the cheddar. Use the paddle attachment and mix on the lowest setting. Once the ingredients start to combine, increase to 3 or 4 and mix for 20 seconds longer or until all ingredients are well blended. Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl. With gloved hands, fold in the remaining shredded cheddar cheese.

  • From Jonathan Searle, Executive Chef at Proof on Main, Louisville, Kentucky

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