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.

white cheddar pimento cheese with herbs recipe by heirloomed
white cheddar pimento cheese with herbs by heirloomed
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White Cheddar Pimento Cheese with Herbs


INGREDIENTS

  • 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

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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Picnic-Perfect Potato Salad.

Here in the South we are known for our "salads" when entertaining. Egg salad, tuna salad, potato salad and beyond. These mayo-filled bowls of mush are often associated with picnics and ladies luncheons alike, but I'm here to tell you that not all of us grew up on these varieties. 

Though I love a good dish with mayo, this chunky version of potato salad is the perfect blend of tang, mustard a whole lot of herbs makes it so full of flavor and a gorgeous presentation to boot.

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This is one of those recipes where you can substitute 'til your hearts desire. Try a different kind of mustard or variation of vinegar, or toss in just about whatever fresh herbs you have growing at the moment.

The key to me is going heavy on the herbs, super chunky on the potatoes for a rustic, hearty dish and adding a tad more mustard than you're used to. This one gets better the longer it sits too so it's perfect when stored in the refrigerator and served the next day too.

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Picnic Potato Salad

INGREDIENTS :

  • 3 lbs Honey Gold Potatoes, boiled and halved

  • 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar

  • 4 tsp whole grain mustard

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 bunch fresh green onions

  • 1 bunch fresh dill

  • 1 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley

  • 3-4 whole brown eggs, soft boiled

  • kosher salt + cracked pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS :

In a large saucepan, salt and boil potatoes until tender. Drain and set aside to cool.

In a small saucepan, salt and boil eggs until soft boiled. Drain and set aside in ice water bath to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard and mustard seed, gradually adding in olive oil until emulsified. Halve the cooled potatoes and add to the vinaigrette and toss. Rough chop herbs (parsley, dill and green onions) and toss into potato mixture. Halve or rough chop eggs for garnish. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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This recipe is part of our Southern Kitchen Bucket List. For more on this project and to try your hand at a whole list of Southern favorites, click here.


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