The mysteries of pimento cheese.

Everyone once in a while, I get intensely interested by a food that’s consider a cultural staple that I’ve never encountered before.

In the past, I’ve become obsessed with mofongo (mashed fried plantains from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic) and adobo (Filipino style of cooking meat in a vinegar and garlic stew).

And now: pimento cheese.

Look, I’m from New England in a big way. You want to know about American chop suey or grapenut ice cream? I’m your guy. But pimento cheese is a complete mystery to me — which is why I’m helping to fund this Kickstarter project:

As I’m writing this, the project has just under 48 hours to get fully funded. I pledged $15, for which (if the project is a success) I’ll become the proud owner of a “community style cookbook of beloved pimento cheese recipes from real Southerners and converts alike!”

But mostly, I just really want to see this film and find out what the big deal is.

Because honestly, it looks kinda nasty. Prove me wrong, Southern Americans!

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4 thoughts on “The mysteries of pimento cheese.

  1. Don’t be fooled. It is nasty. For the fourteen years I lived in Texas, where pimento cheese abounds, I was never able to understand why people would bother eating it. I had both store bought and homemade versions, and the innate charm of pimento cheese always eluded me.

  2. Maybe what I had wasn’t authentic, but Trader Joe’s sells what I considered a delicious “pimento cheese” dip/spread. I bought it on a whim one day and could have eaten the whole container in one sitting. It seemed more like it was made with a hard cheese (parmesan?), than cheddar, so it probably wasn’t real pimento cheese.

  3. Hi!
    Thanks so much for helping to fund my film! ( btw I am from New England too!!!) While I realize that Pimento Cheese is a required taste, I have a suspicion that millions of Southerners can’t be wrong! That said…I have had weird PC but the first time I had it, (2005) I made it myself from extra sharp cheddar, pimentos, homemade mayo and cayenne….it was bliss! I do love Trader Joes pimento cheese but Palmetto Cheese out of South Carolina is the best “store bought” I have ever had.

    1. I’m delighted to help! I don’t know if my wee blog will really push your project over the top, but I had to give it a shot. Good luck!

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