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Pimento "Cheese" Spread
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Pimento "Cheese" Spread

I grew up in the South where we're known for many delicious, not-so-good for you, not-so-vegan/vegetarian friendly foods.  We tend to cook everything with pork of some form, including our vegetables.  Even the cornbread is seasoned with meat!  This left some things that I really enjoyed off the menu when I started my plant-based diet.  Recently, I began craving another southern staple, pimento cheese.  It's something that doesn't look too appetizing but for some reason, when all the components come together, it just works.  However, it's not something that is readily available in vegan form.  So I decided to try making up my own recipe from what I remember of the original version. I find it's great as a dip with pretzels, crostini, or vegetables. It's also great on top of a veggie burger or as a sandwich by itself.  There's room for play with the recipe.  I tend to like mine a little spicy without a lot of mayo but you can always use more or less mayo and no hot sauce.  It's really up to your taste. 

  • 1 8oz. bag of Daiya shreds ( I used the Pepperjack style for an extra kick)
  • 3/4 cup Earth Balance Mindful Mayo
  • 1/3 cup jarred diced pimento
  • a dash or two of Sriracha(or hot sauce of your choice)optional
  • a pinch of garlic powder

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Will keep in the refridgerator for 2-3 days.

*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Veganara
    Voted, sounds delicious! I am still hunting for the perfect vegan "cheese", there are some good products on the market these days. You might be interested in my recipe for Speedy Spaghetti Heaven, wnich uses vegan "mozzarella". If you like it, please vote!
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  2. Veganara
    It has also just occurred to me, this spread would also work really well in my Triple-Decker Pumpernickel Squares!
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    1. Kate Noel
      Kate Noel
      Thanks! I think you're right, this would work with your squares. Finding the perfect vegan cheese has become sort of a life's mission for me. There are some good ones but I always find they seem to lack something. One may have a good flavor but not a good melting quality and another may be the exact opposite!
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  3. Akanksha
    Though most of these brands are not available in my country, I am glad you are creating vegan alternatives so that we don't miss our old tasty dishes. Keep going!
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