Pimento cheese dip is an American dip made with peppers and cheese. It's one of those deliciously versatile things-put it in a sandwich or just serve it as a super tasty dip! I served it with crackers and with mini cheese and chilli cornbreads!
If you're looking for an easy, fun dip promise me you'll try this Dear Reader! It's spicy, creamy and delicious all in one. I rarely buy dips because they're so easy to make as long as you've got a food processor and it's much cheaper to make your own (this makes the equivalent of two tubs of dip!).
Apart from the pimento dip I have a new assortment of items in my kitchen as part of the series hosted by Sherry of Sherry's Pickings.
It's no secret that I love chilli. I mean I had to upp the chilli factor in this pimento cheese dip because I needed a bit of spice. But I learned something new the other day. We probably all know Sriracha sauce but there is a Thai Sriracha sauce and an American Sriracha sauce. They both taste really different too! The American Sriracha sauce tastes more like a hot sauce (deliberately, to cater for the American taste buds) while the Thai one has more garlic flavour over a hot sauce flavour. Also I discovered my new favourite condiment: Sriracha kewpie mayonnaise. It has a nice kick of chilli heat and I've been putting it on salads and tacos.
If you know me, my other obsession is chips. I love crunchy food and I think I may have found a chip with THE perfect crunch. These Hi tempura chips are made of seaweed that are tempura'd. Each bag is 40g and that's just about the perfect size as they have such a satisfying crunch (I find a lot of chips aren't quite satisfying enough, don't get me started in chip texture, the food nerd comes out).
The next two items are from my friend Monica who just came back from America. She knows me too well (we're food twins) and these were a little present for Halloween. I used them on owl candy apples!
Then there is a load of Mexican lollies from Monica. They're so deliciously spicy sour sweet. The mango ones are my favourite but the Salsagetti is really quite mad and fun and the little spoons are like spicy fruit cooked down into a paste on a spoon. Kind of like a fruit leather lolly. Delicious!
The last items are from Ivy who recently came back from America. I asked her if she could buy me some cinnamon chips because they're amazing. She couldn't find them but in their place was something even more exciting-three types of chocolate chips! The first one is pumpkin spice flavoured chips shaped as mini pumpkins. The second ones are butterscotch chips and the third are espresso chips because while I don't drink coffee, I love coffee flavoured things!
So tell me Dear Reader, have you ever tried Mexican candy? Do you make your dips or do you tend to buy them? And do you have any ideas for the broomsticks for Halloween?
Pimento Cheese Dip
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
- 200g/7ozs. vintage cheddar cheese, grated
- 8 feta or cream cheese filled peppadews
- 3/4 cup sour cream (full fat)
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
- 1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
Step 1 - Blend all ingredients together until smoothish and serve with crackers.