Lulu Paste

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This blog was supposed to be posted last Friday, the 20th, because it was National Cheese Lover’s Day.  I obviously am late, but the recipe is just as good to celebrate now or anytime because it’s so good.  I love selecting recipes from cookbooks that have an unusual name, hopefully with a story to explain the meaning. Unfortunately, I could not find out who Lulu might be, or if it even referred to a person.  All the author said about it was to grind the ingredients in an old food grinder and store the spread (paste) in a “screw-top jar in the icebox.”  Apparently, it is considered an heirloom recipe from Richmond, Virginia.  Perhaps someone reading this is from Richmond and can enlighten us on the origin of Lulu Paste.  I googled it but came up with nothing, except for several other recipes for that were more recent and used cream cheese instead of cheddar.  I think this version must be more authentic as the cookbook is from 1961.

Lulu Paste is similar to the more familiar and ever-popular pimento cheese, but has the addition of some ketchup and a touch of chili sauce which makes it not quite as thick although it does become more firm as it chills.  It’s so good spread on crackers, served with vegetables as a dip, over baked potatoes, on burgers, or a sandwich spread.  My favorite choice is simply on celery.

I love this cookbook!  Since my youngest daughter now lives in the Deep South, collecting Southern cookbooks has been a favorite pastime lately.  Recipes from the Old South is one of my favorites.  The recipes are very traditional and authentic, such as spoon bread, buttermilk biscuits, crackling corn bread, hush puppies, big soft rolls, country ham, fried chicken, all kinds of recipes using crab and shrimp, incredible cakes and pies, fruit desserts, and candies.

The recipe makes quite a bit, enough to have on hand for the next football game or the Super Bowl.

Lulu Paste
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) pimientos, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon chili sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon dry mustard
  1. Grind cheese, onion, and pimientos in food grinder. (I used a food processor on pulse setting). Add remaining ingredients and mix until blended. Store in jars or other airtight container and refrigerate. Serve with vegetables and/or crackers as a dip, as a topping for baked potatoes or hamburgers, or as a sandwich spread.


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10 Responses to Lulu Paste

  1. January 23, 2017 at 5:10 am #

    I just love your labels! Old cookbooks are such a treasure!

    • January 23, 2017 at 9:11 am #

      Lynne, I agree. Old cookbooks are the best! I love those labels too, and wish I could remember where I found them. I would love to have more, and there are others that came with the pack with equally adorable drawings. They have been in my “label box” forever.

  2. January 23, 2017 at 5:41 am #

    Well this looks delicious and as a huge fan of pimento cheese I might have to give old Lulu Paste a try.

    • January 23, 2017 at 9:08 am #

      Lisa, I am a huge pimento cheese fan too, and was wary of Lulu Paste because of the addition of ketchup, but you can’t even tell it’s there except for the slight change of color. It’s really good and I would make it again.

  3. January 2, 2020 at 8:00 am #

    Lulu Paste
    By Tina Barber

    A sweet older lady used to live across the hall from me when I was 11 or 12 years old. When she moved from her apartment she left some things behind in a shoe box. My mom called her to ask if she wanted it, but she just said “no” so we opened up the box and inside were some old pictures and this recipe. On the back was written the history of the “paste”, which I will put in the directions.

    2 lb
    strong cheese
    1 lb
    small onions
    wine glass of tomato ketchup
    1 pinch
    red pepper flakes
    1 pinch
    parsley flakes
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    How to Make Lulu Paste

    Grate first 3 ingredients together.
    Add Ketchup, red pepper flakes, and parsley flakes.

    *History of recipe written on back:
    “This ‘receipt’ given to my husband Lawrence Smith by Honorable L. B. Lyon, doorkeeper of House of Representatives in Washington. Served at the white house on sandwiches or wafers in 1905 when Smith was a page for the Senate.” ~ Grace Chapman

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    • January 2, 2020 at 8:26 pm #

      Lisa, thank you for the interesting history of LuLu Paste! I had no idea!

  4. December 23, 2021 at 5:33 pm #

    My Grandmother was Lulu. She lived her life in Richmond. I have fond memories of her making Lulu paste at her home on Willway Ave. Her recipe is a bit different and I believe her original recipe was her mothers. Our Lulu filled Lulu Paste into jars and gifted it every Christmas with a sweet note. Now I do too.

    • December 23, 2021 at 10:35 pm #

      Kendrick, thank you for solving the mystery of Lulu! How was her recipe different? I’m so happy you took the time to write. Your grandmother sounds like a very special person, and how nice that you carry on her legacy.

    • February 16, 2023 at 5:02 am #

      Yes, Kendrick – please share the recipe, if you would! I’m sure we would all enjoy seeing it!

      • February 16, 2023 at 9:52 pm #

        Yes, we would!

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