BASIC RATIO: Equal weights (parts) Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Pimentos, Creamy Fat
CLASSIC PIMENTO CHEESE
8oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
8oz Mild Cheese, such as Havarti or Gouda
8 MORE ounces of either, depending on your taste
8oz Roasted Red Peppers
(fresh, canned or jarred), diced small
8oz your favorite Mayo
*Fold all ingredients together gently until well-mixed. Optional: add a little fresh ground black pepper before mixing.
*Best served not-quite-chilled, or at least 30 minutes out of the fridge. Excellent on Grilled Hamburgers, Hot or Cold Baloney Sammiches, or even stuffed into a Fresh Summer Tomato!
SPICY SOUTHWEST PIMENTO CHEESE
8oz Spicy Cheese, such as Cabot Habanero Cheddar, shredded
8oz Smoked Cheese, such as Smoked Gouda, Cheddar or Provolone, shredded
8oz Mild Cheese, such as Queso Fresco or Monterrey Jack, shredded
8oz Roasted Red Peppers (fresh, canned or jarred), diced small
8oz Natural Sour Cream (none of that low-fat or fat-free nonsense)
1-2T Tapatio or Cholula Hot Sauce or 1 finely chopped Chipotle Pepper (optional, to really step up the heat!)
* Fold all ingredients together gently until well-mixed.
* Goes great with any and all Southwest/Tex-Mex Foods, warmed as a dip for Tortillas, and a fun treat on the Tuesday Taco Bar!
MEDITERRANEAN STYLE PIMENTO CHEESE
8oz Mozzarella "block" cheese, shredded (NOT the fancy wet balls of "fresh" Mozzarella!)
8oz "sharp" Italian cheese, such as Romano or a mild Asiago, finely shredded
8oz Feta cheese, shredded or grated fine
8oz Sun-dried Tomatoes, finely chopped
4oz EACH of your favorite Mayo AND Natural Sour Cream
*Fold all ingredients together gently until well-mixed. Optional: add a little Roasted Garlic pepper before mixing.
*This one is a great addition to an Antipasto platter, or a great toss-in for Pasta Night, and even good over a mound or Roasted and Shredded Spaghetti Squash!
BONUS RECIPE: TURKEY BURGERS
4oz whole milk Ricotta cheese
.5t Ground Pepper
2t Worcestershire Sauce
2t. Dijon Mustard
20oz ground Turkey, NOT ground Turkey Breast!
Buns and Toppings of your Choice
*Stir Ricotta together with salt, pepper, mustard and sauce, and then gently fold into turkey. Divide into 4 equal portions, "patty out" and grill, flipping only once, about 4 minutes per side, until done.
Presented by: Shawn Banks
Date: August 4, 2014