Pimento cheese spread is a classic Southern favorite and has often been referred to as Southern pate. It’s so beloved at our house, its been elevated to the level of Southern caviar. I can’t remember a time when my Mom and Gramma’s didn’t have a batch of pimento cheese ready in the fridge for sandwiches, to slather on celery for a quick snack or to enjoy as a dip with pretzels or crackers. As you make your plans for the holidays, don’t forget to have some tasty appetizers available for family and friends to snack on while visiting, sharing laughs and enjoying chit chat prior to the Thanksgiving meal. BHG’s fabulous Peppered Herb Cheese Ball lends the perfect opportunity to add a bit of Southern love to a traditional favorite adding a delectable addition to your appetizer menu.
If you prefer, this pimento cheese ball could be rolled in additional shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a heaping helping of toasted chopped pecans or mix-up the herbs using a combination of your favorites. Prepare this peppered herb pimento cheese ball a day in advance, then tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and chill until serving. It’s a fantastic way to entertain guests while they’re waiting for the main event.
5 Tbsp chopped chives, divided
4 Tbsp chopped parsley
1 8 oz cream cheese softened
4 oz goat cheese, softened
2 Tbsp real mayonnaise
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 oz diced pimento, drained
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Peppered Herb Pimento Cheese Ball:
Prepare per the directions except omit the basil. To the cream cheese and goat cheese add 1 Tbsp chopped chives, 2 Tbsp real mayonnaise and 1 tsp of garlic salt. Fold in the shredded sharp cheddar cheese and diced pimento by hand. Roll in the remaining chopped chives, fresh parsley and black pepper.
Fold the pimentos and cheddar cheese in by hand.
Get the full instructions for the Peppered Herb Cheese Ball on BHG
Melissa Sperka is the Publisher, recipe developer and photographer of the blog Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen. Her blog focuses on creating homemade family-style meals, snacks and desserts as well as many classic Southern favorites. Melissa lives in North Carolina and is a busy Mom to 2 boys. She is passionate about sharing her love of cooking, baking and entertaining. After winning the National Flour Power! contest, she also gained national attention with her blue ribbon “Nested Potato Skins” featured in Southern Living Magazine. You can also find her at Parade.com as a featured Contributor.
Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers