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Smoked Pimento Cheese Dip/Spread

From The Wednesday Market

<p>I first had this recipe at an English Country Dance (First Saturday Dancers of Griffin)<br /> One of the dancers made it, and was nice enough to share&#8230;and I am passing it on too.</p>
Source: Cheri Tidwell (Entered by Kelli Cooke)
Serves: Big batch.

3 cup white cheddar, grated
3 cup smoked cheddar, grated
2 cup mayo
1 cup nuts, finely chopped, pecans or almonds
7 oz jar pinentos, diced w/ liquid
4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 pinch black pepper to taste

Step by Step Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients. Tastes better the longer it sits. Good with any kind of cracker, bagel chip or crostini. This is a dip with a little kick to it but the heat does not accumulate. *I cut the cayenne in half when I am serving this to those who may not appreciate a lot of “kick.” These are the exact instructions Cheri sent me.
  2. In addition, I can see how easy it would be to add tweaks to this recipe for instance: celery finely diced, or chopped scallions could be used instead of the nuts.
  3. (substitutions: for the health conscious out there, use plain greek yogurt in place of mayo.)