Great Grandma Neva’s pimento cheese is somewhat of a tradition in the Hayes House.  It was passed down from my dad’s mom, Nana, and now I am happy to be sharing it with you!

Ingredients for Great Grandma Neva's Pimento Cheese

Ingredients for Great Grandma Neva’s Pimento Cheese

This is a super simple and delicious cheese that is perfect for the holidays!!  You can roll it in to bite size balls and serve as an appetizer, keep a batch in your fridge for unexpected guests (and yourself, of course :0) …grilled pimento cheese sandwiches- YUM!), OR you can create individual festive jars of cheese and give them away as gifts with crackers and a bottle of wine.  Possibilities are endless….

Melt the cheese and milk on a double boiler...stir, stir, stir!

Melt the cheese and milk on a double boiler…stir, stir, stir!

Anyway, here is what you need:

2 lb block of mild cheddar cheese (I used Medium Tillamook)
2 4oz jars of chopped pimentos
1 12oz can of condensed milk

First, grate your cheese using a food processor or a manual grate.

Transfer to a bowl and immediately add the pimentos

Transfer to a bowl and immediately add the pimentos

Over a double boiler, bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer.  Add all the cheese and the milk to your upper bowl/pot and stir.  If you don’t have a double boiler, check out this link to make your own! http://www.ehow.com/way_5240731_can-substitute-double-boiler_.html

Stir in pimentos

Stir in pimentos

Stir the cheese and milk consistently as it melts together…if you don’t, it will curdle.

As soon as it has melted, transfer the cheese to a bowl and immediately stir in the pimentos (liquid and all).
If you are making individual servings, spoon the cheese into airtight containers/jars, cover and chill.

Enjoy!

Make sure to store in an airtight container(s)!

Make sure to store in an airtight container(s)!

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