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Chipotle Pimento Cheese

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  • Pimento cheese, the ultimate Southern comfort food, gets a kick from a chipotle pepper.

      Pimento cheese, the ultimate Southern comfort food, gets a kick from a chipotle pepper.
    Courtesy Lisa Fain for "The Homesick Texan Cookboo

 

1 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese

1 cup freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese

1 teaspoon grated yellow onion

1 garlic clove, minced

cup mayonnaise

cup jarred sweet pimentos, drained and diced

1 canned chipotle chile in adobo, diced (sold in most supermarkets)

cup chopped fresh cilantro

teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon lime juice

Salt and black pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, mix together the cheeses, onion, garlic, mayonnaise, pimentos, chipotle chile, cilantro, cumin and lime juice. Taste and add salt and black pepper as needed.

Chill 1 hour before serving. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers or celery sticks. Also makes a fine filling for a whole, hollowed-out jalapeno. Will last one week in the refrigerator.

Makes 2 cups.

"The Homesick Texan Cookbook" by Lisa Fain (Hyperion, 2011)

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