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Food & dining

Seasonal Recipe

Recipe for Southern pimento cheese

Makes about 1½ cups

Traditionally made with mayonnaise, this spread is a staple at spring picnics, church events, and family gatherings throughout the South. Despite its simplicity, each family has its own way to prepare this recipe, and often won’t divulge the seasoning combinations. With only four main ingredients and swapping the mayo for lighter, tangier yogurt, this version of pimento cheese is easy to prepare and full of flavor (try playing with more intense extra-sharp cheddar varieties, too).

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