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Pimento Less, Cheese; Filled with Peppadews, and #Hatch Chilies

I never knew something that tastes so good could photograph so bad. I’m sorry. But I’m not sorry for what I made.This pimento less cheese that looks like pimento cheese but is really peppadew cheese, is might tasty. Is it the Hatch chiles that I bought fresh roasted over on Federal by the bushel? (Yes, they took a long time to peel and seed, but hopefully they will get us through the winter. I know a half bushel didn’t make it last year, so we upped our game.) Perhaps it’s the chilies. Perhaps it is the peppadews. Perhaps it is the garlic and the jalapeno cheese mixed with sharp Cheddar. I couldn’t tell you. I can tell you that it is good.

I never had pimento cheese when I was young. I remember seeing it in a plastic container bought from the grocery and well, it just never looked that good. In fact, it didn’t look good to me at all, but I didn’t eat much cheese growing up. American was in our home and I never took to it, so cheese and I weren’t really friends for a long while. Then I married a guy from Texas and started hearing about pimento cheese, but I still stayed away. 

Well, to make things short, which you know I’m not very good at, I decided to reach out and see what all the fuss was about. It began at Costco where they have their own version, that is quite good. But you always had to choose three tubs of any variety and I didn’t want to do that. Too much dangerous stuff to have around, so I decided to make my own and this is what happened.

Being the season of Hatch chilies I decided to use them. Well, they really use me, because they know I am devoted to them. After all, I seek them out every year, without fail and it just wouldn’t be Fall without my chilies. Many years ago we drove down to Taos or Santa Fe and got them there, but those good days are behind us. Now we only make it to Federal Blvd. It will have to do. At least we usually follow it up with a Vietnamese lunch, so I can’t complain.

But back to pimento less cheese. Other than making the cheese red, I couldn’t ever figure out the addition of pimentos. I could never really taste them, though they did make the cheese look pretty. So, I added peppadews. I’m very happy with that choice. They lend a spice and a sweetness that I really enjoy. Plus they are from South Africa and I love South Africa. And I miss South Africa, but don’t get me started…

So anyway… this pimento less, peppadew cheese with green chilies is good stuff. When this stuff is around it is easily plopped on a tortilla for a quick and awesome quesadilla. Or it is plopped on a burger to make a great cheese burger, to which I always add more green chilies. It is great mixed into eggs, or as is on a cracker, chips of any variety and don’t get me started on the thought of grilled cheese. With bacon. My mind is wandering. Which it has done a lot of lately…

Please accept my apologies on the photos, though really they are a whole lot better than when I started taking photos, and enjoy this cheese. With a beer. With a margarita. With bacon. The thought is killing me!

Pimento Less Cheese; Filled with Peppadews and #Hatch Chilies


Yield: About two cups

Ingredients:
8 oz grated Cheddar
8 oz grated jalapeno jack
1 c chopped green chilies or 1-2 4 oz cans (to your liking) or Hatch chilies
1/4 c chopped minced onion
1/2 c chopped, drained peppadews
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/2 t garlic powder
2 t Worcestershire
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped (but if you want more spice leave some seeds in)
1/2 to 3/4 c mayonnaise

Directions:
Throw it all in a bowl. Mix it up. Let it sit as long as you can to let the flavors meld together. Eat. You can start the diet tomorrow!

More to Try:
Corn and Green Chili Quesadillas
OMG BLT
Green Chile
Corn and Green Chile Chowder
Coconut Rum Tres Leches Cake
Green Chile Egg Souffle

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen Harris
    September 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Your photos are fine! Some things are just hard to photograph. I grew up eating pimento cheese with those flavorless pieces of pimento and when I started making it myself, I started using red bell peppers. We love it that way and I haven't looked back until seeing your addition of green chiles. Can't wait to try it. I sounds fabulous.

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    Marcela
    September 12, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Wow! I love your recipe! Looks delicious!

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    Cheri Savory Spoon
    September 12, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Hi Abbe, never had a pimento cheese before, love this version looks very delicious! Sometime in phoenix, forget the time of year there will be someone at the farmers market selling those special Hatch chilis from Texas, they are amazing.

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:31 am

      Thanks Cheri. I've only had it in the last few years, but it always hits the spot! Now is the time to get the chilies!

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    Bam's Kitchen
    September 12, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Love all the ingredients in this dip and it sounds perfect for some munching on the weekends. I think your photographs turned out fine. I think the first one is the best with the dark background makes your dishes and cheese show up nicely. Just pinned!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:31 am

      Thanks so much Bam. You guys give me so much encouragement!

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    Angie Schneider
    September 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Bad photos? Nonsense, Abbe. I think you have caught the soul of this delicious dish.

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:32 am

      Oh Angie. Where do you live? I'm coming over to give you a big hug!

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    Guru Uru
    September 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Ooft. I saw your first photo and fell in love 😀
    Perfect for the spring coming up!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    adam j. holland
    September 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I don't see anything wrong with the photos. And your essay makes it all even better. — Here's the deal on that store-bought stuff: I think they make it for old people without tastebuds or teeth. I was always afraid of pimento cheese, until I actually had the real deal. I can taste the pimentos, but the peppadews and Hatch chiles really do get there for the cash. Bravo to you!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Oh Adam. You are the essay man! And thank you! You are THE MAN! The real deal is worth it. Thanks!

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    Liz Berg
    September 13, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I know what you mean when you can't get your photos to match the scrumptiousness of the dish! I'd have no trouble diving right in…it looks terrific to me!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Liz, yours always look scrumptious to me! Thanks!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    September 14, 2014 at 12:12 am

    This is my kind of recipe — the flavors are explosive! I've recently discovered peppadews, they are so pretty, I can't wait to try this.

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:35 am

      They are pretty! And peppadews are so good. Thanks, Sue!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea
    September 14, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Okay confession time—-I had to google peppadews. I guess I am out of the loop for pimento cheese too. All I can remember is from being a kid back when the world was flat. I think I saw it. My Mom was a Velveeta person. I was in my 20's before I realized what real cheese was. Up to that point I wasn't a cheese fan unless it was melted and with something else. OMG to eat Velveeta 'raw'. Yuk. I think your photo looks great, BUT I am comparing them to mine. Thus any food photo would automatically look great. I like words, so meander all you want as far as I am concerned. But I will admit your slight reference to South Africa pique my curiosity.

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:38 am

      Velveeta never entered our house. Almost lived in SAF. Hubby worked there for about 6 months. They told him they were going to move us over. Had a gorgeous cottage that we were planning on renting and then they decided to cancel the project. I was heartbroken. Really. It is an amazing country.Took us over a year to get back on our feet.But we survived.

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    dentistvschef
    September 14, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Nice and comforting meals!!!
    delicious….
    i love your quotes"eat! you can start your diet tomorrow!"
    eversince diet means eat, i guess that what shold we do actually, lol

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:39 am

      Thanks Dentist chef! I would not be able to diet at all if I was eating your great and gorgeous food!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    September 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    When I moved to Knoxville for college, I met pimiento cheese for the first time. Most everyone there called it 'pimenno cheez" but I learned to embrace it. I would love what you've done with it!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:40 am

      Knoxville? Yes, it would feel at home there! Thanks, Maureen!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    September 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Give me a spoon and I'll call this a fun time! MAJOR yum!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:40 am

      I'm in total agreement. And that does seem to be how it is disappearing!

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    September 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

    This looks delicious! I love peppadews – they have such terrific flavor, but I don't use them nearly enough. This is a great idea.

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Now that I think about it, this cheese would also be great stuffed in a peppadew. It would be the perfect appetizer and not require a dipper!

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    Ansh
    September 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Yes, What Pamela says! All I need is a spoon. What feisty flavors mixed in with the cheeses. This looks like a dish that was made for me! Abbe why do you live so far away?????

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    AdriBarr
    September 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Oh heavens, no need to apologize for the pix. I think they look great. I honestly think that folks have gotten WAY off course here, putting more weight on a site's pix than on how good the food is and how reliable adn accurate a recipe is. So let's all get a grip and remember why we are here in the first place, and that is for the food. I mean you can't eat a photograph, now can you?

    I had never head of peppadew, so this is all quite new to me. I want to taste this! Thank you for the enlightenment.

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:43 am

      You are right. It is the food! I think sometimes I get frustrated though, because I just want that damn camera to do what I tell it!

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    Sugar et al.
    September 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    This is such a gorgeous dip. Your photos are great…I craved for this when I saw it! So many times, food that looks like art loses it's essence, to make mouths water and to inspire others to replicate it. Isn't that really what food photos should do? I could dive into the screen right now!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:44 am

      You are sweet Sonali. And hear i thought it was so bad, but Foodgawker took it. Go figure. The ones I think are good, they don't take!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    September 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

    this looks so delicious. I grew up eating pimento cheese in Louisiana and its a go-to food for me. I love the use of the peppadews and the chiles!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:45 am

      My MIL grew up in Gulfport. Pimento cheese was everywhere! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Sharon D
    September 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I think your photos are great, Abbe. I'm still salivating! Lol! ^.^

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      September 19, 2014 at 1:46 am

      Sharon, if I am ever in a trap, I am going to call you to rescue me. You are so kind!

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