Pimento cheese is a great cheese spread that originated in the south. I can remember eating little finger sandwiches with pimento cheese or served with crackers. These days you might see it added to burgers or BLT’s which got me to thinking . . . what if I gave it some New Mexico flavor with roasted red chile. Roasted red chile can be quite spicy but also has a hint of sweetness that tastes really good in this cheese spread. The flavor is unmatched and enhanced over time as the ingredients blend together. You can also use different cheeses to alter the taste. I made this with cheddar and Monterey jack along with some whipped cream cheese. You can simply blend all the ingredients together for a chunky spread or you can blend it with a hand mixer for a smoother texture. Here in New Mexico chile season is in full swing, the roasters are out and everyone is filling their freezer with green chile. Red chile comes later in the season and is the result of chiles left on the plant which will change in color from green to a vivid red. This is the last of my red chile and I can’t wait until September when I can get some more.
Grate the cheeses and add 1 1/ cups cheddar with 1 cup of Monterey jack cheese Add 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese, 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1//2 cup of roasted red chiles that have been peeled, seeded and chopped. Then sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder to the mix.
Mix everything together with a spatula. Taste and add salt if needed. I found it tasted perfect without it. It was quite chunky and I felt it needed to be a bit smoother. To get a smoother texture use a hand mixer with the paddle attachment and blend until it is smooth and creamy.
Roasted Red Chile Cheese Spread
1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Whipped Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Roasted Red Chiles
1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Salt to taste
Combine mayo, grated cheeses, cream cheese, roasted red chiles and garlic powder and mix well. For a smoother texture, blend together with a hand mixer. Add salt to taste.