This pimiento cheese came about because I decided to try to save a buck or two. My green-eyed Irish guy loves Easy Cheese (italics=shuddering). I don’t know why. If I never see another can of it I’ll be perfectly ok with that. It costs around $4 per can and we usually buy 3, yes 3, per week. I thought I’d be smart and buy the store brand to try to save a dollar a can. Wellllll, turns out he hates the store brand. Insert moral dilemma. Do I throw it away and waste the $3 we paid for it? Or do I try to do something with it? I’m a thrifty kind of person. Sometimes it’s a virtue, sometimes a fault. I hate wasting things especially food. First I hesitantly squirt some on my fingertip and roll it around in my mouth. Hmmm…tastes like…Easy Cheese. That’s good/bad. What the heck can I do with it? Pimiento cheese immediately came to mind. I know everyone isn’t a fan, but I’ve always enjoyed it. It ended up being a tasty version, even if it does contain Easy Cheese. So if you find yourself with a moral dilemma like this, you can do what I did and eat it.
1 can Easy Cheese or store equivalent
4 ounces or 1/2 block cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup Dubliner cheese (an Irish cheese which I thought was like cheddar, but is like a mixture of sharp cheddar and parmesan), shredded
3/4 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely diced onion
4 oz. jar chopped pimientos, drained
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
6 dashes hot pepper sauce (I used Franks’s), or more to taste
Squirt the easy cheese into a medium-sized bowl. Add the cream cheese and mix well with a hand mixer on medium high. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on medium high until well combined. If you’d like it a little spicier, add a small. chopped jalapeno.
Wishing you love, laughter and cake,