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Robert St. John

Restaurateur, author, enthusiastic traveler, & world-class eater.

Hot Pepper Cheese Dip

Old English cheese comes in a jar and is in the refrigerator section alongside all of the other cheese. It’s fake cheese, but it works great in this application. This is a great application for leftover pimento cheese.


1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded

1 jar Old English Cheese

1 /2 cup homemade pimento cheese

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 Tbsp canned jalapeños, minced fine

1 tsp garlic, minced

1 /2 tsp ground black pepper

1 /2 tsp Creole seasoning

1 /2 cup toasted pecans, chopped fine

1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


Place the four cheeses into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until well incorporated.

Wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate overnight.

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