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Paw-Paw's Pimento Cheese Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Rushton Allen
Added: Sunday, August 19, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese block; 3 oz jar diced pimentos, drained; a "good shanny" of mayonnaise, preferably Hellman's or Blue Plate, never Kraft or (horrors!) light mayo (aka "white spread")

Directions:
Directions:
This is reprinted from the original Walter (aka Salty) and Helen Rushton submission to the Albany Exchange Club cookbook in 1989: Use any size jar of cut-up pimento and put into a large bowl and mash into fine pieces. Grate cheese in proportion to the number of sandwiches you want to make. Add generously to cheese a good shanny of mayonnaise to a good creamy consistency. Dash a little salt but don't overdo it because the mayonnaise and cheese is a little salty. Spread generously because the sandwich is better if you have enough to get the full taste. If you want fancy sandwiches, trim the brown crust off.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6 sandwiches
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
10 minutes (5 with food processor)
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Elbow grease was Paw Paw's secret ingredient, thus using a food processor to grate the cheese was considered "cheating". (As I found out in my youth on numerous July and August Sunday afternoon Rushton family ice-cream socials, hand-churned ice-cream required a healthy dose of my own elbow grease as I alone labored to hand-churn my family's ice cream amongst the whirring din of electric ice cream makers...)

At a minimum, use sharp cheddar if extra sharp is not available. Anything less and you might as well buy the storebought stuff in a tub.

The "good shanny" of mayonaise was the center of a Rushton family mystery that dominated Sunday dinner conversations for years. Paw Paw had no recollection of just why he chose the "shanny" as the measurement for mayo...indeed, he could not remember having ever used that term before! The Great Shanny Debate, as it came to be known, was resolved in 1994 with the family reaching the consensus that it should be just enough to help it spread on white Sunbeam without tearing up the bread.

 

 

 

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