Like pimento cheese? Here’s where to get actual pimento peppers this weekend

Many proud Texas cooks have recipes for pimento cheese in their cookbook collections, but hardly anyone uses fresh pimento peppers, which are somewhat difficult to find.

Pimento cheese has always been one of Jack Gilmore’s most-requested recipes. It turns out that he doesn’t use pimento peppers after all. Photo by Kenny Braun.

If you’re going to make pimento cheese at home, you’re probably using a jar of pimento peppers, but for what it’s worth, Jack Gilmore doesn’t even use pimentos. When his cookbook came out, we found out he uses roasted red peppers in Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s famous dip.

But for a short window this summer, at least one area farm is selling fresh pimentos at the local farmers market.

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Last weekend, HOPE Farmers Market, which runs a Sunday market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Plaza Saltillo, posted a photo on Instagram of Johnson’s Backyard Garden’s pimentos for sale on a table.

I’ve never had a fresh pimento pepper, so I can’t tell you what they taste like, but I have a feeling they’d make some killer homemade cheese dip this weekend. The good news is that JBG sells produce at nearly every farmers market in the Austin area, so if you’re hitting one up this weekend, keep an eye peeled for interesting peppers that are perfect for roasting and mixing with cream cheese.

I will also note that the dictionary *really* wants these peppers to be known as pimiento peppers, despite widespread usage for “pimento,” which is what I used here. Another request for the Associated Press Stylebook, I guess.

 

 


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