White Cheddar Pimento Cheese with Herbs.

I love the classics, but I also love a clever take or spin on some of the best recipes of all time. For me, Pimento Cheese is one of those go-to staples that we always have on hand. This Masters Week classic cheese spread is one of those holy kind of recipes that often you just don’t mess with, or mess up.

Over the years as Southern fare has gone from casual to upscale and back again, I’ve seen pimento cheese in just about every single application you could imagine. Each one equally as delicious in its own regard. Pimento cheese grits, pimento cheese deviled eggs, pimento cheese grilled cheese. The list goes on.

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I perused Pinterest prior to shooting this recipe, only to find a huge number of not-so-delicious looking bright orange + red images that were far from appetizing. Being a neutral lover and wanting to include a fresh spin on this classic recipe here on our site, I decided to change it up and created and yummy little variation for you to try. White Cheddar Pimento Cheese with Herbs.

Well, if I’m being entirely honest the red of the pimentos didn’t quite suit my fancy. So, this is more of a cheese spread as no actual pimentos were used in the making of this dish. I know, but stay with me here because I promise you it’s both delicious and a gorgeous presentation for your guests, jam packed with flavor from all the fresh, seasonal herbs this time of year.

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I believe there are several things that make a good, classic pimento cheese recipe better than the rest right out of the gate. First, grate your own cheese from the block. I repeat, do not start with a bag of pre-shredded cheese it will just never be as good or as fresh tasting. Second, use a combination of sour cream and cream cheese for the perfect creamy texture with just enough tang. If you have a go-to recipe you’re used to making, give it a try next time by going half and half and trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

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White Cheddar Pimento Cheese with Herbs

Yield: 12
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This fresh spin on a classic will be sure to wow your guests.

ingredients:

For the Pimento Cheese
  • 1 lb freshly grated White Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 oz can pimentos, with liquid (I decided to omit these but include if you wish)
  • 1½ cup sour cream
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh herbs (flat leaf parsley, cilantro, chives)
  • 2-3 thinly chopped green onions
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

instructions:

How to cook White Cheddar Pimento Cheese with Herbs

  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and pimentos with liquid (if preferred) until combined. Add worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Wash, pat dry and chop fresh herbs and green onions, folding in to combine. Stir in softened cream cheese and then fold in freshly grated white cheddar cheese until just blended. Refrigerate until serving. Enjoy!
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white cheddar pimento cheese with herbs recipe by heirloomed

I love serving my pimento cheese as an appetizer when we entertain, but it also makes a wonderful food gift when packed in a cute little jar with crackers, a vintage knife and a tea towel. Great for a housewarming or for bringing over to a friend’s house for dinner, or even a new baby meal.

Other classic things pimento cheese is perfect for … packing into your picnic basket or (of course) Masters Sunday viewing. Having grown up on the golf course my whole life with my Dad, I have such a fondness and affinity for the sport so this dish is sort of a homage to the great game.

I was even lucky enough to have attended the Masters with Shane the weekend we got engaged. Even more than I imagined it was so perfect + pristine. The epitome of a golfers dream.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe and that you’ll check out some of our other Southern Kitchen Bucket List recipes.


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Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Fried Green Tomatoes.

This recipe is a part of my Southern Kitchen Bucket List series.

The popularity of this Southern dish surely rose from the movie of the same name, but their history goes back much further. The Farm is not too far from the original Whistlestop Cafe where Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed, and I’ve often wanted to go in to take a lesson from the experts there in the kitchen.

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As I researched the history of this Southern classic, I stumbled upon evidence from old church cookbooks which shows that perhaps Fried Green Tomatoes aren’t really all that Southern after all and may have appeared earlier in the Ohio area and Jewish communities.  

Now, anyone who has ever grown tomatoes in their own garden knows that when the plants begin to overproduce there are only so many tomato recipe variations you can make at one time so utilizing the green ones before they’ve ripened is a no-brainer.

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slicing fresh green tomatoes / fried green tomatoes recipe / heirloomed

This is one thing I’ve heard a lot of people ask, is a “green tomato” a special variety or simply a tomato that hasn’t fully ripened? The answer is in fact the latter, simple as that. 

I must admit I also love my green tomatoes picked (with a side of Bloody Mary, of course) and they really are just so beautiful when sliced and stacked in a jar of brine. 

But like any perfectly-fried food, this one is all about getting the right batter coating and consistency. I personally like Fried Green Tomatoes just about any way you can fix them and have had a variety of crusts over the years, from a more foamy, beer batter to my personal favorite which gives a crunchier texture with cornmeal and bread crumbs. 

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dredging fried green tomatoes / heirloomed
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Fried Green Tomatoes

Yield: 4 Tomatoes
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This southern classic is an absolute must during the summer. Try this delicious recipe with a tangy sauce of your choosing.

ingredients:

  • 4 medium green tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs, plain
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 quart vegetable oil

instructions:

How to cook Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. Slice green tomatoes to a medium thickness and set on a paper towel lined baking sheet to absorb some of the water moisture. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk egg and add milk, stirring to combine. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and spices. On a plate, pour breadcrumbs and set aside.
  3. In a large cast iron skillet, begin heating your oil. Start coating your tomatoes by dipping one slice at a time in flour mixture, then egg mixture, then flour again, and finally full coating in breadcrumbs before carefully placing into hot oil in your cast iron skillet with tongs.
  4. Have a paper towel lined cookie sheet and bowl of kosher salt ready. Cook tomato on one side for approximately 2 minutes, turning to check for golden color. Flip and cook on the other side for approximately 2 more minutes. Remove from skillet and place on pan, immediately sprinkling salt on top for perfect seasoning.
  5. Serve plain or with dollop of sour cream or sprinkling of goat cheese and thyme. Enjoy!
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I absolutely love to try Fried Green Tomatoes, especially in an “elevated Southern” kind of restaurant whenever they have them on the menu. Love to know your favorite way to top them. I prefer mine savory but I’ve also had them sprinkled with powdered sugar for a sweeter finish too. #HEIRLOOMED


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com