The operative word for this recipe from Sean Mendes of Roadside Seafood is fresh: Shortcuts such as preshredded cheese and frozen shrimp will undermine the flavor of this thoroughly Southern dip.

Southern Comfort Pimento Cheese Dip

Ingredients

1 pound fresh local shrimp

1 tablespoon butter

6 slices bacon

6 cups sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup Duke's mayonnaise

1 tablespoon yellow onion, grated

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

7 ounces whole peeled pimentos, drained and chopped

Directions

Peel and devein shrimp. Saute in butter for 2-3 minutes; remove from pan. After the shrimp is cool, chop into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

Cook bacon to desired doneness. Drain on a paper towel. After the bacon is cool, rough chop it and set aside. Beat next five ingredients (cheddar through cayenne pepper) in a heavy-duty mixer at medium speed for 1-2 minutes. Add the pimentos and beat for another 1-2 minutes. Fold in bacon and shrimp. Serve dip with Captain's Wafers.