Pat´e of the south, as it has been called. Pimento cheese is a true phenomenon of the south. With roots going back centuries, it is still a staple in many southern homes, and more recently, restaurants. Beer Pimento Cheese will add a little extra something to your next cracker or celery stalk.
Originally from New York, Pimento cheese was first conceived in the 1800’s with the original recipe including cream cheese. Because of this, I wanted to include the cream cheese in my version.
Another southern tradition found in Georgia every spring is The Masters golf tournament. Pimento cheese sandwiches have been served there since the 1940’s when the price was a quarter. The cost has now risen to $1.50, but it is every bit a simple spread as it is in so many other places, and at so many other events. In 1998 The Masters decided to change contractors for the sandwiches. It was not a welcome change. In 2013 they decided to make it themselves. This wasn’t appreciated either. By the way, you won’t find any burgers or dogs at The Masters.
The addition of a little beer lends richness and enhances the flavor of the cheese. While I suggest amber beer, any type you like will work.
This beer pimento cheese recipe is super easy to make and can be used in a number of ways. Of course a simple sandwich on plain bread immediately comes to mind, but is can be elevated beyond the ordinary. Put it on burgers and chicken. Make hor ‘dourves using lettuce cups, hollowed radishes, celery or tomatoes. My personal favorite is Pimento cheese and bacon grilled, on good quality sourdough bread. Enjoy this recipe, and let me know what you think.
Beer Pimento Cheese Spread
- 2 Tablespoons Beer
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Dash Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
- 2 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
- 8 Ounces Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
- 4 Ounces Chopped Drained Pimentos
- In a large bowl combine beer, mayonnaise, onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire Sauce and pepper. Mix until smooth.
- Add cream cheese, and grated cheddar cheese. Mix until combined. Stir in pimentos until well blended.