Stripling's Old Fashioned Black Rind Hoop Cheese is the sharp variety, which means it is more acidic and pungent in taste than the milder Stripling's Red Rind Hoop Cheese. The pronounced flavor is an asset when making that superb Southern staple, pimiento cheese spread. Often pimiento cheese is used on sandwiches, and it's typically one of the non-sweet food choices at the refreshment table of women-only soirees such as baby showers, bridal showers, or monthly garden club meetings. In any of these instances, it would be quite important that the crusts be sliced off and the sandwiches cut into smaller sections or squares prior to being meticulously arranged on a stunning serving platter. Our recipe below for Pimiento Cheese Spread has a wonderful ‘kick’ due to the sharpness of the cheese, and the smaller grating size makes it blend more smoothly. *weights are approximate
Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread
- 2 lbs. Stripling’s Old Fashioned Black Rind (Sharp) Hoop cheese, grated
- 8 oz. (minimum) pimiento from jar
- 1/2 c. chopped, roasted pecans
- Duke’s brand mayonnaise (enough to make mixture creamy or to desired consistency)
- Salt and pepper as needed
Grate cheese to smallest possible size preferably using hand-crank grater. Add in pimentos and pecans. Then mix in mayonnaise slowly, making sure not to over saturate. Refrigerate for a few hours to let flavors seep together and chill ingredients well. Spread on bread for sandwiches or use to place on top of crackers, nachos, or pita wedges.