What is more Southern than Pimento Cheese? Okay, maybe sweet tea. I think this might be an old Gourmet recipe. It really doesn't matter if you are having steaks or burgers on the grill, or a formal Prime Rib dinner, this is the perfect start. Everyone always thinks you have gone to"so much" trouble if the appetizer is hot.
Pimento Cheese Toast
25-30 toasts pieces
5 ounces extra-sharp orange cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups)
5 ounces extra sharp white cheddar, coarsely grated (2 cups)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup cup finely diced bottled roasted red pepper (rinse and pat dry first)
Stir together all ingredients, except baguette, plus 1/8 teaspoon pepper and salt to taste.
Slice baguette crosswise 1/3 inch thick and spread bread thickly with cheese mixture.
Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat until cheese is bubbling and browned, about 2 minutes.
Cook's Note: Cheese spread can be made 3 days ahead and chilled, covered.