Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Patty's Pimento Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Patty is not only artistic, but she is also a Master Gardener.
I showed her a photo of a sandwich with a chive tied around it
and she took the idea and created the pretty and delicious pimento cheese sandwiches
 on Pumpernickel bread, tied with chives from her herb garden.  

Patty’s Pimento Cheese
1 pound block yellow cheddar or white Vermont sharp cheddar cheese shredded
1/2 or more - 8 ounce bag shredded triple cheddar cheese
1/2 or more - 8 ounce block of cream cheese
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1 large jar red pimentos
1 1/2 - 2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 - 1 Tablespoon paprika
Add Greek Seasoning, parsley flakes, and pepper to taste.
Add Miracle Whip salad dressing until desired consistency.
Mix the cheeses together. I prefer mixing by hand. Stir in the remaining ingredients and refrigerate.
This mixture works well served with crackers (use less Miracle Whip) or on sandwiches.
Pimento or Pimiento?
Spelled either way, it is a small sweet red pepper similar to, but more flavorful than a bell pepper.
Pimento cheese spread is a very traditional southern sandwich filling. I was surprised a few years ago  to learn many of my tea friends in different parts of the USA had never heard of it.

Link to the November issue of
Kentucky Living Magazine

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