When my husband and I first got married I had to learn all about what Southern food was. I was from Michigan and he was from North Carolina. He grew up on certain staple foods and he had some holiday favorites, he just really
wanted me to try to see if I could make. I decided to take up the challenge and learn a little more.
I found popular foods included pecans, sweet potatoes, pralines, lots of seafood, hot sauce always on the table, and during the warm holiday months, pulled pork or anything with bbq pork, coleslaw, okra, grits, peach desserts,
and layered salads and cakes, to name just a few! The one dish completely new to me, besides grits, was pimento cheese spread.
Pimento cheese was popular with crackers, on celery, made into mini sandwiches, and even turned into grilled cheese, with leftovers, which is my personal favorite. I also quickly learned, from local tourist shops, that it is a
southern specialty food along with pralines and divinity candy.
Although, it was tasty I found it to be quite pricey for a small jar. So, with a little research I found that it could be made quite simply with cream cheese, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, yellow or white, pimentos or other added
peppers, and some seasoning of choice. I might even consider experimenting with other flavors in the future!
On holidays, I like to make the appetizers or desserts. So far, I have become known now for making Allrecipes top rated sweet potato pie. It is made with fresh sweet potatoes, which I think makes it particularly good. I also attempted
pralines and caramel and pecan candies. Every holiday, especially Christmas, is a new opportunity to test new recipes.
This years recipe will be Sarah’s Christmas Pimento Cheese Ball. It's a southern recipe, my husband would like. Yet, at the same time, I can play around in the kitchen and have some fun with it also. It is basically a thicker
version of a pimiento spread, shaped, and garnished with red and green colors. I hope you enjoy it!
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