This is one of my favorite sandwich spreads. It has always been so since I was a little kid. Of course when I was a kid, our pimiento came from a bottle we bought from the supermarket. But in the my teens, my mother got interested in cooking and baking, and she started making her own sandwich spreads, one of which was cheese pimiento.
She experimented… A LOT! There were cooked ones, uncooked ones, buttery ones, cheesy ones, sweet ones, salty ones, and everything in between… we like some, and absolutely hated the others.
I decided to experiment on my own. I knew what I did not like. I did not like the sweet ones, nor the cooked ones or buttery ones.
I wanted a soft, cheesy, chunky mix.
My final recipe is an abomination of my mother’s favorite recipe… abomination because I removed the butter and condensed milk (coz, those are what I didn’t like!)
250 grams cheese, grated
1/4 cup smooth ricotta cheese
mayonnaise, about 1/4 cup
200 grams pimientos, diced
Since this is an uncooked spread, it goes without saying that the ingredients (their brand) should be those whose taste you really like. For example, the choice of cheese – the most common is cheddar but there are many kinds of cheddar. Personally I like a salty, slightly sweet cheddar – the ones specifically adapted to our cultural taste, so I use a local processed cheese product which would probably have cheese aficionados scream in horror. But hey, that is what my tongue likes. Otherwise, I use gouda. For the ricotta, I also use a local brand – with a really smooth velvety texture. For the mayonnaise I always go for Hellman’s even if it means spending more and looking and searching for it (it is not common on our grocery shelves). For the pimientos, since I am lazy, I just get a jar off the grocery shelves!
Stir the ricotta and mayonnaise together. Add the cheese and pimientos, mix until combined. Add more mayonnaise if desired. Season with salt, pepper and/or chili flakes, to taste, but it is optional. In my case, since the cheese I use is salty, I don’t need to add other seasoning.
I sent some over to my mom and she loved it! The tub did not survive to see the next day… (hahahaha!)