Old fashioned Pimento Cheese is one of the best comfort foods around. Our family has enjoyed this easy, three ingredient recipes three and now four generations. The only ingredients needed are Velveeta Brand Cheese, mayonnaise and a jar of diced pimentos.
I am not sure if Velveeta has changed or if I have. In the past, while making pimento cheese, I used my food processor with a grater blade to shred the creamy cheese. But this time I thought I was going to burn the motor up. So, I decided to use a vintage Mouli Shredder. If you don’t have a Mouli Shredder then you could use a hand grater.
In the photo above, I think that this Mouli Shredder resembles a 3 legged, alien creature with jagged teeth. What do you see?
My mom had a Mouli
Just a side note about the difference in JUNK HUNTING and shopping for antiques. When you are junk hunting rusty, chippy, and dented items are the target of the hunt. And normally the prices range from cheap to reasonable. Every now and then a true antique might be found in a pile of junk. That, my friend, is a reason for a happy dance. Antique shopping, on the other hand, is a completely different adventure. Antiques are higher in value and price. But, all of that is for another post.
There are vintage graters for sale on eBay. They can be a bit pricey. But, new MOULI SHREDDERS
It is best if you refrigerate the Velveeta first. It makes it easier to grate to grate the Velveeta. Cut it in sizes that will fit the grater, whichever type you decide to use. After the package is opened you will definitely need to refrigerate the cheese.
I was amazed when I visited the KRAFT RECIPE website that Pimento Cheese was not in their list.
One of our favorite finger foods at Thanksgiving are celery sticks filled with this old fashioned Pimento Cheese. My nieces love to prepare these
Cleaning the shredded cheese out of the Shredder is easier than it looks. I use a sink full of warm sudsy warm. I don’t have a dishwasher. My hubby was my dishwasher for 40 plus years. Just let the grater soak for about 15 minutes and the cheese is easily wiped away. You might need to use an old toothbrush to get into a few of the crevices but that pretty easy.
Just a note – if you happened to have a vintage or antique Mouli with the cute little wooden handle – do NOT soak it. The handle will crack or split. And that wouldn’t be good.
Put the Mouli or grater on a plate to catch the cheese curls. With a 2-pound block of Velveeta you will need a large bowl to mix up this delicious recipe.
To be sure that you don’t waste a bite, scrape the inside of a hand grater or the bottom of the Mouli.
Mix in ½ cup of mayonnaise and a small jar of diced pimentos. Be sure and drain the pimentos before adding them to the bowl. Mix well. I measured this just for you because normally we don’t measure. We just scoop out of the jar until it looks about right.
If you like it a bit spicy you can add chopped green chilies or some chopped jalapenos to taste.
This spread makes a wonderful sandwich or is tasty spread on crackers. It needs to be kept refrigerated.
Little Pimento Cheese sandwiches are great for a church meal. The kids love them. Well, to be honest big kids love them, too.
“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.” Acts 2:46-47
Did you eat pimento cheese growing up? Do you have a different recipe or a special Pimento Cheese memory?
Tell me about it in the comments!
‘til next time,