Pimento cheese spread definitely qualifies as comfort food. Mine is an update with ingredients like good sharp Cheddar, pickled jalapeños, and Sriracha. This recipe is inspired by the pimento cheese from a Brooklyn cheese shop that I love called Stinky (what a great name!).
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, garlic, celery seed, and 1/2 teaspoon salt with a wooden spoon. Add the jalapeños, scallions, red peppers, Cheddar, and Sriracha and combine well. Taste for seasonings and serve with crackers, corn chips, and/or crudités.
Grate the garlic on a rasp, the way you’d grate lemon zest. The Cheddar is best grated on the side of a box grater, the way you’d grate carrots.