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Yesterday, we had a little Kentucky Derby party at our house. Being that it’s a very southern thing, I thought the menu should follow suit. I’m a California native, but I was born into a family with southern roots. I grew up eating the jarred pimento cheese. You know the kind where you have a lovely drinking glass after you eat all the cheese? Well I thought I would get a little more authentic and make the pimento cheese from scratch. It was totally worth the effort! We have a new family favorite!!!

This definitely can’t be defined as a healthy food, but once in a while its OK to splurge, right?!? Anyway, it’s delicious and would be a great dip/spread to add to any party.

Pimento Cheese

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese

1 – 4 oz jar of diced pimentos

1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used light)

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 plus tsp cayenne pepper (Add more if you want it spicier)

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Salt to taste

Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. I made mine a day ahead and it definitely tasted better the second day. Feel free to play with the spice amounts to get a flavor you enjoy.

Remember: Taste as you cook!

Enjoy y’all!!!

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