Grate the cheese into a large bowl using the small side of the grater. The classic pimento cheese spread is chunky. You can make a smooth or creamy spread by whipping it in the food processor. If you decide to make the pimento spread creamy, reduce mayonnaise by 1/2 cup. This creamy style is easier to stuff celery, tomatoes, eggs, etc.
In a large bowl, combine grated cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Using a fork, mix in the pimentos, green onions, and jalapeno peppers (if using). Add salt and pepper to taste. If the pimento spread is too thick, add additional mayonnaise - if too thin, add additional cheese.
Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight for flavors to blend before serving. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Pair the Pimento Cheese Spread with some cracker or chips and it is the perfect appetizer for a large or small group.
Serves 10 to 15 people.
* Dukes Mayonnaise is preferred by the Kings Courtyard Inn. This mayonnaise can only be found in the southern states, so if you live in other parts of the country, choose a top-quality mayonnaise.
** Pimentos are small, red chile peppers that have their own distinct sweet flavor that differs from the traditional red bell pepper.
Southern Pimento Cheese Spread Recipe: https://whatscookingamerica.net/johnrutledgehouse/southernpimentocheesespread.htm