Sweet Home Alabama

In my recent blog about our family trip to Hawaii, I mentioned my mom went along with us and shared her phenomenal cooking skills. Since we had our hungry, growing boys with us, we decided to budget our cash for activities and cook all our meals. With the exception of the luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center (excellent),

Mother and Sweet Baby James
Mother and Sweet Baby James at the luau

we did just that. Or should I say, Mom did just that.

My mother is a bona fide southern cook. Born and bred in Alabama, she learned to cook from her mother

My Nannie, age 85
My Nannie, age 85

who learned it from her mother

Rosa Kitchens age 92
Grandma Kitchens age 92

…you get the picture.

Lake Guntersville, Alabama
Lake Guntersville, Alabama the Beautiful

Today I’m gonna share my mother’s recipe for Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches.

You may or may not know that being a bona fide southern cook means being flexible, so when my mother decided that jarred roasted red peppers tastes better than jarred pimentos, that was the end of that.  And that’s why there’s no actual pimentos in my mother’s Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches. With that being said, I’ll add one caveat…this ooey, gooey, melted mess of deliciousness is NOT a diet food, y’all!

Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich - Yum!
Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich – Yum!

Ingredients
2 1/2 C shredded cheese (Cheddar, Montery Jack,  and/or Pepper Jack)
4 oz cream cheese, softened
jarred roasted red and/or yellow peppers drained and coarsely chopped
mayo
Dash of cayenne pepper

Mix your favorite combination of shredded cheese with the softened cream cheese.  You can do this in your mixer with your paddle attachment or with a food processor.

cheddar, pepper jack and cream cheese
colby-cheddar, pepper jack and cream cheese

Add as many peppers as you please.

chopped peppers from a 12 oz jar
I doubled the recipe and chopped peppers from a 12 oz jar

Add mayo until it’s as creamy as you like it.

one heaping spoonful was plenty for me
one heaping spoonful was plenty for me

Add the smallest pinch of cayenne pepper for a little extra bite and stir.  Brush your favorite bread with olive oil or melted butter, fill with yummy Pimento Cheese Spread and grill in a hot skillet.

Any leftover spread is great to use with celery or crackers as a dip

Pimento Cheese with a little bit of healthy
Pimento Cheese with a little bit of healthy

or as a substitute for the cheese in your next cheeseburger.

I clearly need to work on my food photography skills!
I clearly need to work on my food photography skills

Bon Appetit!

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