Comfort Food = Southern Fare

Monday, February 28, 2011

We have finally managed finish turning our guest bedroom into a dining room.  So, knowing that we only have 5 months left to enjoy this newly arranged room and awesome 8’ dining room table D and I are using it for almost every meal – and it also is a great excuse to have people over (since our guests no longer have to dine in shifts – yeah for feeling grown up!) 
So, we finally had our first ‘large’ (well a dozen people is about as many as our apartment can ‘comfortably’ hold) dinner party using the new space– and I think it went rather well – but then again what dinner party that starts off with mint juleps doesn’t go well!?!?  D was itching to cook a pork leg – he has this primal manly obsession with bone in meat – so he went for it, he got his 10 lb pork leg and happily went to work brining and roasting! (I think he is now plotting the next cut of meat to experiment with next!)
D’s pork leg made me crave all things southern (aka buttery goodness, I miss lunching at the meat and threes of Alabama during grad school) so the rest of the meal was a twist on low country southern fare(yum!). But what southern meal is complete without a pimento cheese snack?  I love the stuff; I love it on wonder bread, on crackers, on grits, a grilled cheese sandwich, and even by the spoonful.  This is the best twist on the classic recipe ever – if you love goat cheese, do yourself a favor and enjoy!
Pimento Goat Cheese:
One 11-ounce log of fresh goat cheese, softened
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese – shredded
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup drained jarred pimientos - chopped
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sweet pickles – chopped
1 teaspoon onion and/or garlic powder
1 (2+ if you are feeling feisty, we were!) teaspoons Tabasco
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions:  Combine all ingredients – mixing with a wooden spoon.  Eat!

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