Cheese spread good on toasted bread

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January 30, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Kathy Tagliaferri of Bel Air hopes to find a pimento-cheese spread like the one she had from "a market in Charlotte, N.C., where," she writes, "we lived for eight years. This cheese was a great and easy appetizer to serve on toasted French bread rounds. I've tried recipes, but nothing seems to taste like that one."

Doris Schmidt of North Canton, Ohio, responded with a recipe that she found in the Charlotte Cookbook put out by the Charlotte Junior League in Charlotte, N.C.

Pimento-Cheese Spread

Makes 1 quart

1 pound sharp New York-style Cheddar cheese, grated fine

1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine

2 tablespoons Durkee's Dressing

2 cans pimentos, drained and cut fine

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup mayonnaise

few drops of Tabasco, to taste

dash of salt

Bring cheese and margarine to room temperature. Mix all the ingredients together. It is good as a sandwich spread.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "I was unable to find Durkee's Dressing, so I substituted my own favorite creamy salad dressing. I think this recipe would be improved if the margarine and the mayo were only 1/4 cup each and an additional 1/2 cup of cream cheese was added. Then the mixture would be more suitable for spreading on top of toasted bread rounds (as the reader requested). With this small change, it could also be run under the broiler briefly until puffy and golden-brown for a hot appetizer."

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