Pate of the South

Pate Of The South Recipe

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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


  • 1Place 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.
  • 2Add the Pimento & continue mixing until mixture is somewhat smooth. Still be careful to not over mix. This mixture should not be homogenized.
  • 3Pack 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.
  • 4I 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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About Pate of the South

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

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