I spent 1/2 my childhood in NY and the other half in FL. In neither of these locales have I found a vast amount of pimento cheese. But from what I hear, it's extremely popular in the South. Pimento cheese is something I haven't eaten before, but I kept seeing it on TV and online when searching for recipes.
After researching a few different recipes, I settled on one that contains a combination of mayo and cream cheese. Some people make with one or the other, and after seeing a couple of recipes I decided to make it with both.
It was delicious! Some people eat it just as a dip, but I decided to use it for grilled cheese sandwiches and boy was it ooey gooey cheesy deliciousness! I think pimento cheese is better warm than cold, but eat it which ever way you like best.
Here is my recipe for it:
8oz sharp cheddar, grated
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Hellmann's mayo
1 4oz jar of diced pimentos, drained well (***make sure you drain it or the pimento cheese gets too watery)
2 tsp hot sauce (I use Louisiana's Pure Crystal, always my 1st choice for hot sauce! Use your favorite.)
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Let sit in fridge for at least and hour so flavors can meld. Use a hand mixer or food processor to combine ingredients for a smoother product.