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Thursday, March 17, 2011 01:40 pm

My pimento cheese

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  • lb. extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 large red bell pepper, roasted* or from a jar
  • Jalapeno mayonnaise, recipe follows
  • Worcestershire sauce to taste

If you are going to grind the ingredients in a food processor, have the cheese at room temperature (or even a little warmer); if grating the cheese, make sure it’s cold to make it easier to grate. Using a food processor will make the pimento cheese smooth; grating and mincing the ingredients will produce a chunkier result.

If using a food processor: Cut the room-temperature cheese into small chunks and put in the food processor. Pulse until the cheese is finely ground – it may even form a paste, which is fine. Add the pepper, cut into pieces and pulse to combine.

If doing by hand: Grate the cold cheese on a grater with medium holes. Cut the roasted pepper into small pieces, then mince as finely as possible and combine in a bowl with the cheese.

Add just enough mayonnaise to bind everything together – it won’t take much, probably 1/3 c. – 1/2 c., perhaps a bit more if you’re preparing the ingredients by hand. Season to taste with the Worcestershire.

To roast a pepper: Place a washed pepper over the flame of a gas stove or grill. As soon as one surface is completely blackened, turn the pepper so that another area becomes blackened. Repeat until the pepper skin is entirely black. Put the pepper in a plastic grocery bag or paper bag, folded over, and let steam for at least 10 minutes to loosen the skin. Wipe off the skin with a paper towel or your hands, then cut the pepper open and remove the seeds and white pith. (It’s OK if a few particles of the blackened skin remain.)

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