One of hubby's favorite things to eat is Pimento Cheese (it's a southern thing) which consists of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos and some other seasonings. It's usually a gloppy type of spread that you spread on crackers (or in his case makes sandwiches with). He was born and raised in Georgia, so it's something he has eaten all of his life. I decided that I would make a Spicy Pimento Cheese Ball to enjoy on my Chipotle Cheddar Crackers. That way he gets to enjoy the flavor of Pimento Cheese (in a spiced up way) and I don't have to endure the mayonnaisy gloppiness (how is that for a non-southern description). Both the cheese ball and crackers are VERY simple to make. I just added and tasted as I went along for the cheese ball. I snapped a few photos below as well as included the easy recipe for my Spicy Pimento Cheese Ball. Enjoy!
Spicy Pimento Cheese Ball
1 8-ounce package brick-style cream cheese, softened
8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
4 ounces shredded Monterey Pepper-Jack cheese (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
2 to 3 tablespoons diced pimentos
1 cup chopped pecans
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley, optional
Combine softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, pepper-jack cheese, Worcestershire, lemon juice, sriracha, chives and pimentos together in a large bowl until evenly combined. Line a separate medium sized bowl with plastic wrap, overlapping over the edges. Scoop cheese mixture into lined bowl, gently pressing with a rubber spatula into a ball shape. Bring edges of plastic wrap over the top of the cheese ball. Press wrapped cheese into a ball shape and refrigerate in bowl for several hours to overnight until firm. When firm, unwrap and roll into chopped pecans and/or parsley. Serve with crackers or raw vegetables.
*Note: Increase pimentos, if desired.