Pate of the South

Pate Of The South

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Penny Binker


A very nice elderly woman who was known for being an excellent cook when she was able to do so, had me to help her make pimento cheese one day. I memorized the recipe and didn't have a hard copy. Then looking in a newspaper, a September 14, 2000 issue, I spied this one & said that IS it, the one I was taught. It was served in a restaurant as a bar specialty, accompanied by flat bread. Don't know if the restaurant is still in business. If it serves this, then my guess is yes, it is still open. I make sandwiches with my pimento cheese.


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  • 1 1/2 lb
    extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c
    mayonnise, hellman's works best with this
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated yellow onion
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 7 oz
    whole pimento, peeled, drained, & quartered

How to Make Pate of the South


  1. Place the Cheddar Cheese,Cream Cheese, Mayonnaise, Onion, & Cayenne Pepper in a bowl & with electric mixer beat with flat beater for 1 to 2 minutes on medium speed. (just use your regular generic beater). You only want to mix the ingredients not make them smooth.
  2. Add the Pimento & continue mixing until mixture is somewhat smooth. Still be careful to not over mix. This mixture should not be homogenized.
  3. Pack the cheese in crocks. (put in whatever container you want & lid it.) Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate at least 45 minutes before serving. Tightly covered the pate will keep in the refrigerator for 4 days. This recipe can be halved.
  4. I have found that roasted red pepper in a jar (red bell pepper that has been roasted) works great in lieu of pimento. Pretty sure the sodium isn't as high either. I like to keep roasted red pepper for putting on top of a piece of toasted garlic bread & thought one night, WHY NOT in the pimento cheese? It works.

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Course/Dish: Other Appetizers
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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