My friend served delicious pimento cheese sandwiches recently- reminding me how much I enjoy them. 🙂 Eating them also reminded me that I wanted to try this version from Charleston, South Carolina.
The recipe is from The New York Times, contributed by the Lee Brothers. I used Cabot 3-year sharp cheddar cheese. I served it on the Fourth of July as a dip with crackers and pita chips. Alternatively, it could be used to fill about 4 sandwiches. Easy and fabulous.
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups
- 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated with a food processor or hand grater (not pre-grated)
- 1/4 cup softened cream cheese (2 ounces), pulled into several pieces
- scant 1/2 cup jarred pimento or other roasted red peppers (from a 7-ounce jar), finely diced
- 3 tablespoons Duke’s, Hellmann’s or other high-quality store-bought mayonnaise (I used Trader Joe’s)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried red chile flakes
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large mixing bowl, place the cheddar cheese in an even layer.
- Scatter the cream cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise and chile flakes over the cheddar cheese.
- Using a spatula, mix the pimento cheese until it is smooth and spreadable, about 1 1/2 minutes.
- Transfer the pimento cheese to a plastic container or bowl, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator.
- Serve as a sandwich spread or as a dip.
Note: Pimento cheese keeps in the refrigerator for 1 week.
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We ate most of this tangy relish over pasta and plan to eat the leftovers as a crostini topping (with basil) or as a sandwich spread (with mozzarella) – YUM! Pasta water can be added to the caponata to make a thinner sauce for pasta, but I prefer a chunky and thick sauce. This recipe was adapted from Everyday Food.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 large sweet onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more if needed, to taste
- 2 large eggplants (2 1/4 pounds total), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2/3 cup red-wine vinegar
- Coarse salt
- 1 pound rigatoni
- freshly grated Parmesan, for serving, if desired
- fresh basil, for garnish, if desired
- In a 5-quart Dutch oven or pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion, raisins, pine nuts, garlic, and red-pepper flakes; cook stirring occasionally, until onion has softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
- Add tomato paste, cocoa powder, and sugar; cook, stirring, until tomato paste is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggplant, vinegar, and 2/3 cup water.
- Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is tender and mixture is thick, 7 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and more sugar (up to 2 tablespoons), as desired.
- Cook the rigatoni according to the package directions in salted, boiling water. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
- Combine cooked pasta with approximately 3 cups of the sauce, or as desired. Gradually add reserved pasta water until desired consistency is achieved.
- Serve garnished with freshly grated Parmesan and fresh basil, if desired.
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Posted in Appetizers, Pasta, Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: bruschetta, caponata, crostini, dinner, eggplant, golden raisins, Italian, pine nuts, rigatoni, sandwich, sandwich spread, vegetarian