Annie's Eats - Baked Tex-Mex Pimento Cheese Dip
½ cup mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt)
6 oz. cream cheese (reduced-fat is fine)
¾ cup roasted red bell pepper, diced (or 1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and diced)
2 jalapeño peppers, ribbed, seeded and minced
2-3 scallions, chopped
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded*
8 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded*
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well with a spatula until evenly combine. Spread the mixture in an even layer in a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and bubbling. Remove from the oven, garnish with additional cilantro, and serve warm with tortilla chips.
*Be sure to take the time to grate the cheese yourself rather than buying the pre-shredded type. Pre-shredded cheese is coated with agents such as flour or cornstarch, and results in a sub-optimal gritty texture when melted.