This Pecan Habanero Pimento Cheese is a classic Southern cheese spread…with a spicy kick! Grab some crackers and make a batch today!
This Pecan Habanero Pimento Cheese post is sponsored by Cabot Creamery, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!
Food truly is a common language. We all eat food each day. Since you’re visiting a recipe blog, that means you probably like to cook food, too.
We moved to the mountains of western North Carolina this past summer. I grew up in the Carolinas, so I jumped at the chance to return back to the South. However, we were sad to leave all of the friends we had made up in New York.
And that’s where food comes in. As we’ve met new folks here, the conversation almost always turns to food. Best restaurants, favorite recipes, etc. When we met our new neighbors this past summer, it didn’t take long before they showed up at our door with a batch of this Pecan Habanero Pimento Cheese. Holy moly! This might be the best appetizer/cheese dip I’ve ever tasted!
Pecan Habanero Pimento Cheese
I’ve been a fan of classic pimento cheese ever since I was a kid. A pimento cheese sandwich instantly takes me back about 30 years. This Pecan Habanero Pimento Cheese is a bit different. While it could be spread on a sandwich, it really stands out as a dip served with your favorite crackers.
Laura and I absolutely devoured the first batch of this cheese that our neighbor brought to us. We loved it so much that I immediately texted her and asked for the recipe. And now I’m sharing that recipe with you. This dip is truly fantastic! I’m planning on making a big batch for the holidays. It would be perfect served with a glass of wine while hanging out with friends and family.
This Pecan Habanero Pimento Cheese is spicy. After all, the base of this recipe is Cabot’s Habanero Cheddar Cheese. And while it’s spicy, the ingredients are the perfectly proportioned to keep you coming back for more. Just one more bite. Ok, maybe just one more after that!
Aside from the taste, the best thing about this recipe is how simple it is. Just mix everything together in a bowl and refrigerate it until its cold. Appetizing and easy? Count me in! Note: this pimento cheese dip will taste even better if you allow it to rest overnight. Instead of tasting each individual ingredient, the flavors meld together into an irresistible combination of deliciousness.
As noted above, I used Cabot’s Habanero Cheddar Cheese for this recipe. This cheese features Cabot’s amazing cheddar combined with jalapenos, habaneros and taco seasoning. Let that sink in for a minute. Jalapenos, habaneros and taco seasoning. Spicy? Yes. But so much more than just spicy. The layers of flavor in this cheese are fantastic…and it makes a great base for this Pecan Habanero Pimento Cheese.
We are HUGE fans of Cabot cheese here in our house. In fact, our love of cheese has come up with other neighbors just recently, and we bonded over how both of us keep a fridge full of Cabot cheeses at all times. You just can’t run the risk of running out of Cabot!
In addition to the Habanero Cheddar, this recipe also calls for a bit of Cabot sharp cheddar. I went with their Seriously Sharp Cheddar. This cheddar is aged for 14 months, and it packs a serious cheddar punch. It’s a mainstay in our house.
This Pecan Habanero Pimento Cheese can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. (Chances are it won’t last anywhere close to that long!) We haven’t tried freezing it yet, but I suspect it would freeze well. Just let it thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
If you’re looking for a great appetizer recipe for the holidays (or really any time of the year), then put this one on the list. It has quickly become a favorite in our house, and I hope it becomes a favorite in yours, too. Cheers!
Did you make a batch of this Pecan Habanero Pimento Cheese at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
Pecan Habanero Cheddar Cheese
- 8 oz. Cabot Habanero Cheddar cheese shredded
- 4 oz. Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar cheese shredded
- ½ cup toasted pecan halves coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup pimento peppers diced
- ⅔ cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Using a medium bowl, add all ingredients; stir until well combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until chilled.
- Serve cold or at room temperature.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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