Growing up in Mississippi, I ate a lot of pimento cheese, mainly on crackers or in sandwiches with white bread. If these were the only two ways I ever consumed this wondrous spread, I would be happy, but pimento cheese can be so much more. Below you will find a multitude of tasty uses for “the caviar of the South.”
Try using Crystal [hot sauce] instead of Louisiana. It has less salt (so you can put more) and more/deeper cayenne flavour— note that I say flavour, not heat, because the label claims this uses “aged” peppers.
With apologies to Andy Williams, now is the most wonderful time of the year … for it is Girl Scout cookie season.
But after plowing through several sleeves of Thin Mints, fatigue can set in. So we wondered, when you’re starting to feel sick of Girl Scout cookies, is there a way to rekindle the love?
We turned to Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast at WNYC studios, for advice. His book, Eat More Better, tackles this pressing public interest matter. He suggests mixing it up — quite literally, by baking a cheesecake crafted from a mashup of cookies. His recipes for Girl Scout Unity Cheesecake and Peanut Butter Cookie Centaur are excerpted below.
Whether you’re hosting or going to a Super Bowl party, you’re going to need food. Instead of mailing it in with a bag of tortilla chips, impress your friends by making one of these three no-cook meat dishes. We followed the recipes and tried our results, then sent the bologna cake back to hell, where it belonged.
Q: Isn’t this pretty much a pavlova, swapping the cream for cream cheese (and obviously not filling it)?
A cheesecake is nothing like a pavlova, at all. Cheesecakes are more or less dense and creamy textured, but a pavlova is crisp and hollow. I’ve never known a pavlova to have cream in the meringue portion. We must be talking about two different things.
1 ounce/28 grams of cream cheese contains 0.7 mcg of vitamin K – 1% Daily Value (DV)
3.5 ounces/100 grams of cream cheese contains 2.4 mcg of vitamin K – 3% DV
1 cup/240 grams of cream cheese contains 5.8 mcg of vitamin K – 7% DV
Who has just an ounce of cream cheese? Maybe a daring person… who is lactose intolerant? 😉
The only way I can see someone consuming 1+ cup of cream cheese would be in a cheesecake. ~3.5 ounces/100 grams sounds like a good bagel topping – which at 3% is pretty safe. But I wouldn’t recommend more than two pieces of cheesecake for various reasons. As always, this is not an issue if this is something you eat regularly because your medication will already take it into account.
I learned to use cream cheese to make creamier grilled cheese sandwiches from the lovely cookbook Cowgirl Creamery Cooks by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, founders of the artisan and organic Cowgirl Creamery. I know that some things are better in threes: An apple pie is better when you mix three different kinds of apples into it, and a grilled cheese is better with three different kinds of cheese. But what the Cowgirls’ cookbook taught me is that if those three cheeses are also three different textures, you’ll get a better melt.
I used a combination of grated cheddar and Monterrey jack along with just a light spread of cream cheese on the bread to bolster the cheese, and the end product is super creamy and cheesy, but you still get that delightful pull and stringiness that comes with the melted grated cheese. It. Is. Incredible. Super rich though, so be warned, and cook low and slow so you get crisp outsides while giving the inside enough time to really melt into a delicious goo.
Use caramelized shallots and onions for a grilled cheese that will blow your mind, a little Parmesan too.