Sunday, May 8, 2016

Derby Day At Our Old Kentucky Home

 Austin and Kaitlyn made their own version of a Derby Day drink
with Sweet Tea and Lemonade and a sprig of fresh Kentucky Colonel mint.
No mint juleps served here - just Arnold Palmer's with mint.
(Kaitlyn's photo above)
My Derby Day Lunch and Cuppa Tea (below)

Chunky Chicken Salad, Pimiento Cheese and Benedictine Spread
on gluten free crackers and a cup of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas Kentucky Blend.

I picked-up the spreads from a favorite deli in Lexington on Friday.
Pimiento Cheese is a southern tradition.
It is sold in plastic containers in the refrigerated section at most southern grocery stores.
It is used as a sandwich filling, as a spread on crackers, as a dip,
to make cheese burgers, and much more!  
 There are as many recipes for Pimiento/Pimento Cheese in Kentucky as there are cooks.
Every cook makes her own version.
I wish I had my mom's recipe, but I doubt it was ever written on paper.

Some cooks use only cheddar cheese freshly grated using a box grater.
Other cooks use Velveta Cheese, while some might
combine their cheeses of choice  with cream cheese or American cheese.
Some cooks only use Miracle Whip, but  many will only use Hellman's Mayonnaise,
or only Dukes Mayonnaise. While some recipes say to drain the 4-oz. jar of Pimientos/Pimentos,
others will say not to drain it.
I know several cooks who add sugar to everything including this delicious spread.
I have shared several different recipes on the blog.

Below is a recipe from Southern Living Magazine found online. 
Disclaimer: I haven't made this recipe.

Basic Pimiento Cheese 
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise (seems like a lot to me, I would start with less and add as needed)
1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. finely grated onion
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1 (8-oz.) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1 (8-oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
Stir the first 5 ingredients together and combine with the shredded cheeses.
Refrigerate in an air tight container. 

Angela at Tea with Friends has shared several recipes for and ideas using
Southern Pimiento Cheese through the years on her blog.

Do you have a favorite Pimiento/Pimento Cheese Spread recipe? 

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