Growing up in Charlotte, it never occurred to me that people around the country weren’t eating pimento cheese. The spread (a mixture of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and pimiento peppers) has been a staple in my diet as long as I can remember. It was not unusual to open the refrigerator at home (or my grandparents’ house for that matter) to find pimento cheese inside… An easy go-to sandwich for any kid, it is still one of my favorites! A little spread on white bread, and voilà, the perfect afternoon snack!
The Carolinas have the ideal climate to grow pimiento peppers, giving us easy and cheap access to all the ingredients we need. Hence the reason it has become so popular here! According to City-Data.com, “Charlotte is the Pimento Cheese capital of the world. There are 50,000 cups of it produced in the city each week, and this doesn’t count those who make it themselves.” Ha! No wonder I love living here!!!!
If you haven’t had pimento cheese, make it a point to try some this week! You can pick it up at the local grocery store, or make it yourself. My NEW favorite way to serve the spread at parties is to slice up a loaf of french bread, spread on a little cheese, and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes (at 350 degrees). Toasted pimento cheese… to die for! You could even add bacon, or green onions for a little garnish.