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Pimento cheese is a common food preparation in the Southern United States, a spread or relish made with cheese. It is affectionately known as "The caviar of the South."[1][2][3][4] The basic recipe has few ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese or processed cheese (such as Velveeta or American cheese), mayonnaise or salad dressing, and pimentos, blended to either a smooth or chunky paste.[5] Regional ingredients include cream cheese, salt and pepper, Louisiana-style hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, paprika, jalapeños, onions, garlic, and dill pickles.[5][6]

Pimento cheese
Pimento cheese.jpg
Pimento cheese on crackers
Type Spread or relish
Place of origin United States
Main ingredients Cheddar cheese or processed cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos
Cookbook: Pimento cheese  Media: Pimento cheese

Pimento cheese can be served as a spread on crackers or celery, scooped onto corn chips or tortilla chips, mixed in with mashed yolks for deviled eggs,[6] added to grits, or slathered over hamburgers or hotdogs.[7]

A pimento cheese sandwich can be a quick and inexpensive lunch, or it can be served as a cocktail finger food (with crusts trimmed, garnished with watercress, and cut into triangles) or rolled up and cut into pinwheels. It is also a common snack in the Philippines, where it is referred to as cheese pimiento.[8][9][10][11]

In popular cultureEdit

  • Pimento cheese sandwiches are a signature item at the Masters Tournament.[12][13] Minor controversy ensued in 2013 when the Augusta National Golf Club switched food suppliers for the Masters but were unable to duplicate the recipe used by the previous supplier, resulting in a sandwich with a markedly different taste.[14]
  • Better Call Saul Season 1 episode 9 is titled "Pimento" because fixer Mike Ehrmantraut brings a pimento cheese sandwich to a bodyguard job instead of a weapon. By way of explanation, he repeats the adage that pimento is the "caviar of the South," which Thomas Schnauz, episode writer, admits was sourced from Wikipedia itself.[15] In the Breaking Bad episode "Cornered" (the events of which take place several years after the "Better Call Saul" episode) Mike also offers a pimento cheese sandwich to Jesse Pinkman when they are on a stakeout together.

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