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Homemade Smoked Pimento Cheese

Discussion in 'Smoked Cheese' started by snorkelinggirl, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    In honor of my southern roots and family flying up from Alabama for Thanksgiving, I made some homemade pimento cheese this morning using some applewood-smoked Tillamook Vintage White that I cold smoked about a month ago.

    Earlier this summer I roasted a bunch of local pimento peppers, peeled them, and stuck them in the freezer in 3 1/2 oz packages.

    About a month ago I smoked some Tillamook Vintage White using apple pellets for 4 hours. I have been aging the cheese in my garage, which has been running around 50 deg F.

    This morning I made up a batch of homemade mayonnaise.

    The recipe for pimento cheese that I followed used 4 oz of finely grated smoked Vintage White cheese, 4 oz of finely grated sharp yellow cheddar, 1/3 cup homemade mayo, 3 1/2 oz finely diced pimento pepper, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.

    Mix well.

    Pack into a container and let flavors develop for at least a few hours or preferably overnight. Should be eaten within a few days. For a side-by-side comparison I also made up a batch using unsmoked Tillamook Vintage White. The smoked version is superior in my opinion, although I'm glad I didn't use all smoked cheese as I think that would have been a bit overpowering. I'm excited to see what the rest of the family think.

    Thanks for reading, and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
  2. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    I'll get my burger ready to put a pile of that on........
  3. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have to crash one of your family parties. This looks almost as good as some of your other posts.

  4. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I love it !! Happy Happy M'Lady!
  5. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks pretty tasty.   How does the smoked cheese work in pimento cheese?  I've never tried that.

    I'm about to make up a batch of pimento cheese for Thanksgiving so it can sit overnight for the flavors to meld. Like you said, it's a "southern thing".  My family will not let me in the door at a gathering until I produce a platter of pimento cheese sandwiches on potato bread.

    Here is my recipe, it's not that different from yours.

  6. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Exactly! We are having grilled burgers tonight and I'm planning the same thing!

    Thanks for looking at my post, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    My cardinal cooking rule for holidays: Give People What They Want. I save the nose-to-tail and fancy-schmancy dishes for another time. :biggrin:

    Thanks, Disco!

    Thanks, Foam!! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

    Hello D,

    This was my first time using smoked cheese to make pimento cheese. I'm pretty dang pleased with it! The smoke taste really adds another dimension of flavor. Doing a side by side comparison against the pimento cheese without smoke really highlights how much flavor the smoke adds. But I definitely wouldn't use more than 1/2 of the cheese as smoked. I'll try to get a family consensus on it tomorrow.

    Pimento cheese sandwiches on potato bread...yum! Family traditions are great, aren't they!

    Happy Thanksgiving, and happy pimento cheese-making!
  7. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dang nab it that looks great - Nice job Clarissa [​IMG]
  8. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So I decided that I had some cheese that needed to be utilized into something. I smoked some Munster, Monterey jack and motzeralla last winter/spring. I bought a small jar of pimento peppers (did not have any fresh), drained a hand chopped fine. Mixed with mayo black pepper and ground red pepper.

    I want to say thank you for your post and the inspiration to make my own. I can't wait to try it after it sits for the evening. It has a little kick, but a little is not bad.
  9. [​IMG]   Hello Clarissa.  Pimento Cheese.  I haven't thought of that in years!  My Mother LOVED the stuff.  Funny part is probably the cheaper the better for her.  GREAT looking cheese.  Thanks for all the great memories.  Keep Smokin!

  10. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi DS,

    Thank you so much for the compliments! Hope you have a great night and Happy Holidays!

    Hi Chef,

    I hope that you enjoy your finished result! Pimento cheese is great in a grilled cheese sandwich, dolloped over a grilled burger, or with a baked potato. Of course, I eat the stuff with a spoon out of the container, but that's just me. :biggrin:

    Thanks for reading my post, and Happy Holidays!

    Hi Danny,

    Pimento cheese ranks right up there with Underwood-brand chicken spread as far as my nostalgic childhood memories of processed food go. Homemade smoked pimento cheese is delicious, but I admit that I too have a weakness for the cheap store-bought stuff in the little jars.

    I'm glad you enjoyed my post! Thanks for reading, and Happy Holidays!
  11. dave17a

    dave17a Smoking Fanatic

    Used to eat all the time when I was younger. Mom would just by at the store. She pretty much always laid something out for a sandwich before she went to work for my lunch, fried egg fried bologna. Bless her soul. Got plenty of smoked stuff to try yours though. Thanks[​IMG]