Chef’s go-to crowd-pleaser is super lowbrow—and super delicious: “Douse a block of Philly cream cheese with Pickapeppa sauce and spread out some Triscuits.” That cheesy snack is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, but if you want to take things up a notch, here’s his recipe for pimento cheese, a only slightly more sophisticated spread that’s a staple of Southern entertaining.
Enough for a crowd (approximately 1 quart)
1 1/3 cups shredded cheddar
1 1/3 cups shredded Havarti
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup bread and butter pickles, minced
1/4 cup pickle juice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Tabasco hot sauce
1/3 cup pimentos, minced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Combine cheeses, mayonnaise, pickle juice and Tabasco in food processor and pulse until combined. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.