It’s the time of year that our calendars get filled with gatherings, parties and get-togethers. Some of these are planned and some get sprung on us last minute. To be prepared for whatever comes my way, I keep the ingredients for my Pimiento Party Dip stocked in my fridge. This dip is so quick and easy to make that it can be whipped up in a moment’s notice if an unexpected guest pops by.
Note of caution: this dip is known to make your guests come back for more so don’t feed it to anyone you don’t want to see again 🙂
Since I began making this my friends now come over with dip expectations so I better not run out!
Pimiento Party Dip is simple so each ingredient is key to its flavor. You must buy a good quality cheese to begin with. The brand 365 is the only shredded cheese I will buy because it tastes freshly shredded. Many times you will find that the packaged shredded cheese has a coating on it. This will not taste the best. If you cannot find the 365 cheese I suggest you buying blocked cheese and shred it yourself.
The other super important ingredient is the mayonnaise. Mr. Kensington’s Organic Mayonnaise will change your thoughts on all other brands of mayonnaise. I also really like their avocado mayonnaise and will use it interchangeably depending on what’s in my fridge at the moment. I buy all of this at Whole Foods but if you don’t have Whole Foods it’s worth finding, you will thank me.
I begin with adding equal parts sharp cheddar shredded cheese and Monterey jack cheese to a large bowl. In these pictures I used an entire bag of each. I previously made smaller batches but stopped doing that because it’s nice to keep the leftovers in the fridge for snacking.
Next I added 5-6 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise. As you get all the ingredients stirred together you can add more if you feel like. I always wait until the end to tweak it because you don’t want it to get too soggy.
Then I finely mince 4-5 slices of pickled jalapeños. This does not add a lot of heat but it adds amazing flavor. If you like it spicy then by all means add more!
I also like to pour a bit of the jalapeño juice to get that great flavor evenly distributed in the dip. I use about 2 tablespoons.
(If any of you don’t like spice at all you can omit the jalapeños and just add the same amount of juice from the pimientos.)
Next, I like to rough chop the pimientos so each delicious bite of dip will be sure to have one. When I first made this recipe I was trying to cut corners so I didn’t chop the pimientos. I found myself digging out the bites of dip that had pimientos and leaving the rest behind. To avoid having pimiento dip without pimientos we are going to take that extra 30 seconds and chop. It’s worth it.
After you add the CHOPPED pimientos to the bowl you can stir it until evenly mixed. I love that it has all the colors of Christmas represented.
After it is all mixed really well I add my secret ingredient. I have made the dip with and without this secret ingredient and although it is still quite delicious without, it is mind blowing with.
And this secret ingredient is……..Dill
The dill adds a complexity that just takes it over the top, not to mention it looks really pretty.
Now that we have the dip made we need a cracker to dip it. Sweet potato crackers are THE perfect pairing. I have tried other substitutes and it just will not do. I find these at Costco.
So now that I have made myself hungry, I am off to the store to pick up all the below ingredients. My family will be so happy!