Damaris Phillips’ Pimento Cheese Spread

pimento cheeseWhat could be more Southern than Pimento Cheese spread? Why, Damaris Phillips’ take on Southern Caviar, of course.  If you haven’t heard about Damaris Phillips, let me fill you in now. She was a competitor on season 9 of the Food Network Star show and won the hearts and taste buds of the judges with her take on Pimento Cheese (among other truly Southern dishes). She now stars on her own Food Network show:  Don’t miss the second season of  “Southern at Heart” which will air on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 10am!

4 ounces softened cream cheese
4 ounces diced pimentos
2 ounces mayonnaise
8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

Place cream cheese and mayonnaise into a large mixing bowl and beat at medium speed until thoroughly combined. Add cheddar cheese. Mix till combined, then add pimentos (add them last so they don’t get too beat up). Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note from Phillips: “Have a certain type of cheese you love? Feel free to substitute another type of cheese in for additional flavor. For example, substitute 2 ounces of blue cheese in for 2 ounces of the sharp white cheddar cheese. Feel like adding a little kick to your pimento cheese? Substitute another pepper or flavor in for the 2 ounces of pimentos. For example, I’ve tried Asian chili garlic sauce, kimchi, banana peppers, ghost peppers and horseradish sauce.”