Saturday, August 21, 2010

What's for lunch this week: Pimento Cheese sandwich

Pimento cheese is a common food in the Southern United States. The basic recipe for most pimento cheese spreads has few ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, salt and pepper, blended to either a smooth or chunky paste[1]. There are a multitude of regional ingredients, which include but are not limited to: Velveeta cheese, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, jalapeƱos, dill pickles, onions, or garlic[2][3][4].

The primary way pimento cheese is eaten is as a sandwich on soft white bread, and is considered a Southern comfort food[7].

The pimento or cherry pepper is a variety of large, red, heart-shaped chili pepper (Capsicum annuum). The flesh of the pimento is sweet, succulent and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper.

"Pimiento" is the Spanish word used in English.