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August 23, 2011

Southerners endlessly debate the merits of the best BBQ. The same goes for talk of the best pimento cheese, a simple blend of cheese, mayonnaise and sweet peppers.

And as with any recipe, there are many variations. Some Atlantans say the best pimento cheese (served on a hot dog) is at the Varsity, a downtown institution. Others rave about the pimento cheese sandwiches at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta.

But if you want pimento cheese at home, whip up your own batch or buy a 12-ounce tub of flavorful “Palmetto Cheese: The Pimento Cheese with Soul.”

Sassy Henry, formerly of Atlanta, came up with original recipe. When Henry and her family moved to Pawleys Island, SC, to run the Sea View Inn, she served it to guests as an appetizer.

Vertrella Brown, a family friend and cook at the inn (her image is on the container) added the “soul” to the homemade spread, made with sharp cheddar cheese.

Try the original,  the gourmet spread with jalapenos (if you like a little kick) or or the new bacon flavor for your upcoming BBQ or tailgate party. Use it for sandwiches, as a spread on crackers or celery or in your cheese grits.

Available for $5.99 at Publix, $3.99 at Costco and $5.49 online at


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