Hot Pimento Cheese Dip Recipe

Molly Quirk is chef/owner of Sips & Bites in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If you haven't had a thoughtfully handcrafted sandwich in a while, there's no better place to get your fix. She's generously donating a few of her tailgate food recipes to our cause: feeding you during football season. If you're in the mood for some hot pimento cheese, we've got the dish for you. 

We recently did an appetizer for a wedding that was pimento cheese, crispy pan-fried bits of bratwurst and pickled onions in an edible spoon made out of pretzel dough. It was a huge hit, a simple combination of flavors: cheese, sausage, pretzel that everyone can relate to, with a new twist on presentation.

We thought about how we could flip it for game day and this is what we came up with. We use a high quality clothbound white cheddar here because it adds a flavor complexity that you just don't get with regular supermarket cheddar. Sometimes it's a little tweak that makes all the difference in a simple dish like this. We like it served with any kind of pretzel, but a classic tortilla chip or a bit of toasted baguette would do very nicely here as well.

Hot Pimento Cheese Dip Recipe
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  • 4 cups shredded white cheddar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 8-ounce jar chopped pimentos
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1 pound bratwurst
  • pickled onions (recipe below)
  • salt & pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Fry bratwurst in a dry pan over medium heat breaking up with a wooden spoon as you go until it is small crumbles, cooked through and crisped.
  3. Remove from pan onto paper towel to drain excess fat and to cool. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all the other ingredients and pulse until everything is combined, but you still have some texture.
  4. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl, add sausage and fold together using a rubber spatula.
  5. Pour into an ungreased 8” x 8” baking dish and put in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned, hot and bubbly.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped pickled onions and serve with any kind of crackers, crisps or bread.
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