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We love to take jalapeno pimento cheese spread to the beach with us! As a matter of fact I started out buying the Palmetto Cheese pictured here at my local Costco and if you would rather buy than make yours I recommend it highly!
Although we were going through so much of it and even would run out while at the shore house (heaven forbid couldn’t find it at their local store!) we rented that I found myself needing to figure out how to make some that at least compared to the original.
So the next time I had some of the store-bought (I found a small tub on sale at Krogers) in the house I went about figuring out how to replicate it.
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 4 cups shredded cheddar (or 3-cheese) of your choice
- ½ cup full-fat mayonnaise
- 4 ounce jar chopped pimentos
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 2 medium to large jalapenos; washed, seeded and minced
This recipe is so close to the original my taste testers couldn’t tell which was which! YAY! That’s a winner! I pulled some aside for Lee, who prefers it without jalapenos and suggest you do that too if you feel any of your guests would prefer it without. But honestly, I don’t like spicy and don’t think it is. And you can tweak it by adjusting how much jalapeno you prefer as you make it for your friends and family.
We prefer it after it’s had an hour or so to sit and have the flavors blend but there has been times they just won’t wait and they have never complained about how it tastes! LOL!
You can of course serve it with tortilla chips and regular crackers (my family love this Crunchmaster multi-grain cracker) or you can keep it low carb by serving it with a variety of low-carb crackers, chips or celery. I like it with pepperoni chips!
I find that I can, by shopping smart, make this very low carb (note that the ingredients you select will vary the carb count BUT I can easily make it only 25 net carbs for the whole batch!) and for about half the cost of what a tub costs at Costco. It lasts quite some time in the fridge, but then it doesn’t last a very long time in my house! That’s why I make a big batch! You will too! Of course if you don’t need or want that much you can half the recipe, and in that case one very small jar of diced pimentos is just enough.
I hope your family loves it as much as mine! I am making a big batch for game day this weekend and lots to take to the beach come spring! Enjoy!
p.s. Looking for more low-carb appetizers and snacks? You can check out this huge 200+ appetizer recipe roundup or this one for 80+ snacks you can make or buy or check out any of these inexpensive low-carb cookbooks:
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