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Easy, Southern Holiday Hors d'oeuvre: Pimento Cheese

December can be a busy time — friends and family will be stopping by, so it's always good to have something available and ready to snack on at a moment's notice.

This simple recipe requires minimal effort and can be ready in just a few minutes, followed by a couple hours' rest in the fridge. Oh, and it's delicious. Of course, to complete the southern take on this classic you will need a box of Ritz crackers, but any cracker will do. There are many variations to pimento cheese, even the famous sandwich at The Masters. But I confirmed with mom that this is close to my grandmother's recipe, minus the cayenne pepper and hand-grated sharp cheddar cheese – both of which give the final result a little more bite!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces softened (room temperature) cream cheese
  • 1 4-ounce jar pimentos, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Fluff room-temperature cream cheese in a mixer. Mix in the cheddar cheese to incorporate. Once combined, mix in mayonnaise and pimentos, incorporating again. Cover and allow 2 hours to set up in the refrigerator.

It is totally acceptable to lick the beater at this stage.

Serve pimento cheese on ritz crackers or with celery sticks for dipping!

When your guests ask for the recipe, you reply, "Oh, it ain't nothin but a thang, y'all."