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Italian Pimento Cheese is a delicious sun dried tomato and herb cheese spread that goes well on any cheeseboard.
It’s no surprise that here in the south, we have many, many pimento cheese recipes. There are all kinds of recipes you can find on the internet. The mainstay, never fails, a staple of the south is simple: cheddar cheese, pimentos, mayo, and some pepper. You can find this classic pimento cheese recipe over HERE in the appetizer section.
Italian Pimento Cheese is creamy goat cheese mixed with sun-dried tomatoes, capers, herbs, and spices. It makes a great appetizer recipe, the perfect addition to a Bruschetta Grazing Board, and an even better hostess gift.
In the south, we’re known for having things “at the ready” when people stop by. In most southern kitchens you can always find the fixings for some kind of dip like this 2 Minute Straight Out of the Jar Salsa recipe from my friend Mauri Jane! Having good pantry staples on hand for last minute guests helps you as a neighbor feel better about opening your door when someone stops over.
Goat cheese is essential for any staple item in your fridge — you can do so many things with it.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Spoon fig jam over the top
- Drizzle a Balsamic Glaze over top
- Spoon hot pepper jam on top
- Roll in fresh dill
- Cover in Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
To make Italian Pimento Cheese you need some items you can pick up in your local grocery store.
- Goat Cheese
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Fresh Basil
- Fresh Chives
- Fresh Thyme
- Garlic Clove
Items You’ll Have on Hand:
- Salt & Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Red Pepper Flakes
Bruschetta Bars are what summertime is made of! Lots of spreads and salads for your Garlic Herb Toasties, all piled high on a big platter. I’ve been wanting to buy this board for a LONG time! A grazing board can be anything you want — and, you can use anything you want! A big wooden cutting board, a sheet pan, several cutting boards, lots of platters all together. And you can put anything on it. This weekend for supper club, we’re doing a “Boards and Booze” theme — everyone is bringing a different kind of grazing board (charcuterie, veggie board, a Mediterranean board, BLT board, taco board!) and a boozy beverage. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
- 8 ounces goat cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely diced shallots
- 2 teaspoons drained capers
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon Sweetpea's House Seasoning (see note)
- Combine softened goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, diced shallots, capers, basil, thyme and house seasoning in a mixing bowl.
- Scoop into air tight container, and allow to chill in fridge for at least an hour -- better if it is made the day before.
- Remove from fridge half an hour before serving, it spreads best closer to room temperature.
Sweetpea's House Seasoning:
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
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Serving Size:1 ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 13mg Sodium: 338mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 5g
This cheese spread makes an excellent hostess gift, y’all! Plop some into a small jar, and tie a ribbon around with a cute label. Pair with some hearty crackers in a little basket, and you have a great gift idea for any foodie friend!