Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is one of those staple foods of the south.  I don’t think I tried Pimento Cheese until I moved to North Carolina, but now I hear about it and see it everywhere.  I have never tried the stuff you can buy in the store, but I can’t imagine it is that wonderful.  The good news is that it couldn’t be much easier to make than this recipe.

This recipe uses cream cheese but there are some recipes that only use mayonnaise for Pimento Cheese.  In doing a little research I found that Pimento Cheese was developed when cream cheese and jarred/canned pimentos became popular (which is slightly ironic because cream cheese was first manufactured in New York.)  The yummy spread has also been popularized as a staple at the Master’s Golf tournament every year.  I would love to try one there some day!    I really like this particular recipe and it reminds me a little bit of a mixture you might put together for a cheese ball.  I imagine there are people that don’t like the idea of adding cream cheese to Pimento Cheese, but you could probably leave it out and just increase the mayo a bit.  It would be really good shaped into a cheese ball and covered with some sliced green onions and chopped pecans – yum!

Enjoy!

Slightly adapted from Allrecipes

Pimento Cheese Spread
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • (optional – I didn’t use this time, but I think it would be great with some jalapeno heat)
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento, drained
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Place the Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, minced jalapeno, and pimento into the large bowl of a mixer. Beat at medium speed, with paddle if possible, until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

 

Sweet Bacon Pork Shots

Sweet Bacon Pork Shots

This post is written in honor of the start of the 2013-2014 NHL season (GO Sabres and Caps!!).  For other hockey wives out there, we can talk to our husbands again and have the TV back next June:-)…

Have I told you all that I played ice hockey when I was young?  Yup, played up until I entered high school when I started basketball cheer-leading in the winter instead.  True Story.

OK people.  So this one is a recipe for all the men out there!

Not that women won’t like them (I don’t want to be sexist, especially after I just told you about my early career as a hockey player), but I consider this some SERIOUS guy food.  I mean, come on – its pork wrapped in more pork.  How could the men in your life not love these??

I made these for a football Sunday and they were a big hit.  Easy to make, too.  This is a great recipe for kids to help out with.  You can form a little assembly line with the whole family.

If you have ever made the little bacon wrapped chicken bites these are pretty similar….just wrapped in smoked pork kielbasa.  I liked these better though.

I found these on one of my favorite blogs, The Cutting Edge of Ordinary and knew instantly these were going to be on a football menu at some point.  I swear, I have the same taste buds as Lisa from that blog – everything she comes up with I bookmark and everything I have made from her site I have loved.

So male, female, young and old – make these soon.  Everyone will enjoy!

Sweet Bacon Pork Shots
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound bacon – cut in half
  • 2 packages kielbasa – cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper – optional
  • toothpicks to secure bacon
  • Sweet Hot Mustard for dipping

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and place a baking rack on top. Spray the baking rack with cooking spray.
  2. Wrap each piece of kielbasa with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Leave a little space on the top so you can fill in with some extra sugar mixture.
  3. Combine the sugar, chili powder and optional cayenne pepper. Roll each piece in the mixture and sprinkle a little bit extra on top.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes and ensure that the bacon is nice and crispy. Let cool slightly before devouring.
  5. We served these with some Trader Joe’s Sweet Hot Mustard for dipping – but they are really good all by themselves, too.
  6. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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