Smoky pimiento cheese – pimiento cheese with a twist. Yes, it’s delicious, but it’s not your mom’s pimiento cheese. Nope. At least not my mom’s.
But before I tell you about this one, I’ll tell you about mom’s, since you mentioned it. Ok, maybe I mentioned it. I love my mom’s pimiento cheese. It’s one of those foods that since she’s passed I know I’ll never get it again – from her kitchen, you know what I mean? But my sister came to visit and made “mom’s pimiento cheese” to refresh my memory of the recipe.
My mom’s pimiento cheese is nothing special. It’s probably what everyone’s pimiento cheese recipe is. You know, mayo, cheese, pimiento, pepper and salt. But this is what she did with it, and only for major holidays. She stuffed it in celery. It was just her thing. And we all loved it. Stuffed celery was so engrained in us we figured every family had stuffed celery for the holidays. Like stuffing and turkey.
I found out real quick like one Thanksgiving that that is simply not the case. I invited a crap ton of people over for Thanksgiving one year – people who were not related to me on any level. Just my adopted friend family. What did I do? I made a crap ton of mom’s stuffed celery. Of course! I mean, what else would I do? Thanksgiving, major holiday and all that.
At the end of the day, the fried turkey was just a carcass. The chicken and dumplings, gone. Lima beans, gone. Stuffing, completely did a vanishing act. The stuffed celery? Every sad celery stick with the pimiento cheese was still there laid out like soldiers. Well, that’s not true. There was two missing, but I had eaten them when I was making them.
No one even tried one. I don’t think they understood what to do with it. Never made that “holiday” food again! My wife, after all these years, is still baffled by stuffed celery.
Let’s fast forward to present day smoky pimiento cheese. It’s a little less pimiento for the red and more sun-dried tomatoes. Smoked cheeses replace the standard cheddar and cream cheese for that extra cheesy, creamy, put the extra weight in the middle goodness. It’s robust and smoky!
My mom would have loved it! And I promise, it’s great stuffed in celery too or on a charcuterie board, if you’re into that, or just plainly spread on white Bunny bread.
Smoky Pimiento Cheese
Smoky Pimiento Cheese – Not your everyday pimiento cheese. Nope. We used smoked cheeses, a dash of chipotle powder, and sun dried tomatoes for extra smokey goodness!
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 pinch cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces smoked cheddar, shredded
- 8 ounces smoked gouda, shredded
- 1/2 of 8.5 ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped pimiento
- bread, crackers, celery
In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, mayonnaise, paprika, chipotle powder, and cayenne until well blended.
Add the shredded cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and chopped pimiento until combined.
Stuff in celery. Just kidding, do what you want with it. It’s especially good with sour dough and warm tomato soup!
This recipe partied at: Meal Plan Monday