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Ultimate Southern Pimento Cheese

A perfect, tangy and creamy Southern Comfort Food Staple that is a spreadable dip for crackers, celery and chips and makes the perfect summer sandwich! I’ll show you how to make your own Ultimate Southern Pimento Cheese

small blue bowl of pimento cheese with spreading knife in background

Southern Comfort Food, Ultimate Pimento Cheese

Why This Recipe Works…

  • The perfect Cheese for the job!
  • Use the BEST pimentos
  • Shows you the right Mayo for the job!
  • Making you a Pimento Cheese EXPERT! 

How It’s Done..

Step 1. 

Assemble your ingredients and grate the cheese. 

The ingredients gathered together on a cutting board

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Step 2. 

Chop the pimentos and drain very well. 

A strainer with chopped pimentos in it

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Step 3. 

Put everything into a bowl and GENTLY mix. Then let the flavors marry in the fridge overnight. 

White bowl with all of the ingredients in it showing green onions, white mayo, red pimentos and yellow cheese.

Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

WHAT IS PIMENTO CHEESE?

A cheese spread that is made from…

  • grated cheese,
  • mayonnaise and
  • pimentos. 

Most people add a few other ingredients in for flavor, but those three are the basic recipe.

WHAT IS A PIMENTO ?

A pimento is a preserved red sweet pepper. The stem, seeds and ribs are removed before it is preserved and canned. Pimentos have a slightly sweet  and tangy flavor.

bowl of pimento cheese and 4 crackers one with cheese spread on it, small knife in background

Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

How Do I Make a Pimento Cheese Sandwich? 

A perfect traditional pimento cheese sandwich is a white bread sandwich with

  • pimento cheese spread in a 1/2 inch thick layer
  • between the bread and crusts removed.

Of course, this is your sandwich and you are free to make it anyway you prefer. 

Some variations include:

  • Toast the pimento cheese sandwich (leave the crusts on). 
  • Use a grainy or whole wheat bread
  • Add pickles
  • Use some olives.

Not hungry enough for a sandwich? Try on crackers! 

What’s the BEST Pimento Cheese Recipe? 

This is it! Just try the pimento cheese recipe listed in the recipe box below! 

 

Side view of blue bowl of easy pimento cheese recipe with spreading knife and crackers

Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

CAN YOU FREEZE PIMENTO CHEESE?

“Can this recipe be frozen”. 

The answer for pimento cheese, unfortunately, is “no”. 

Pimento Cheese contains mayonnaise and frozen mayonnaise will separate when it thaws.

Separated mayonnaise is not dangerous to eat (to my knowledge), however, it looks so gross that you will not want to eat it. Please trust me on that one.

HOW LONG DOES PIMENTO CHEESE KEEP?

You can keep pimento cheese at least 1 week as long as you keep it well refrigerated

It may last longer, but honestly, you will eat it all before a week passes.

HOW LONG CAN PIMENTO CHEESE SIT OUT BEFORE IT GOES BAD?

According to the US Department of Agriculture, mayonnaise can sit out at room temp for 8 hours but then you must throw it out. Don’t allow your pimento cheese to sit out for more than 2 hours!

IS PIMENTO CHEESE HEALTHY?

People ask, is Ultimate Southern Pimento Cheese healthy? 

  1. The answer is “that depends”. What kind of diet are you on? 
  2. If you are on a low carb diet, then this recipe is FOR YOU! 
  3. Are you diabetic? This recipe isn’t going to win an award, but at least it doesn’t have any frank sugar!
  4. If you are on a low fat and low calorie diet, then this recipe would be for special treats only.

CAN YOU EAT ULTIMATE SOUTHERN PIMENTO CHEESE WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT?

Again, the answer to eating this pimento cheese when pregnant is going to depend on what kind of pregnancy diet you are on. The response is going to be the same as the section just above this one.

Tips and Tricks for PERFECT Pimento Cheese.

  • Use the best cheese you can find, I give best brands to use in the recipe. 
  • The cheese will taste BEST if you blend two types of cheese (see recipe). 
  • Hand grate the cheese for best flavor, prepackaged grated cheese has something added to keep it from sticking to itself and that is not the best type for pimento cheese. 
  • Use the Mayonnaise brand is IMPORTANT! That is where you get creamy tang from. Preferred brands are listed.
  • You will be tempted to use the pimentos that are jarred up and chopped small already. Don’t do it. Chop your own – it makes the flavor just right. 
  • When mixing the cheese together, just fold and be SO GENTLE! Only mix until everything is just mixed together. 
  • IF you do not want any spicy flavor in your pimento cheese then leave the cayenne out, but it does give a lot of flavor.
  • This recipe makes a little more than what you would buy at the store. Remember, this is a southern staple and it is MEANT to be shared! 
  • Do not try to freeze Pimento Cheese because it won’t work and will make a gloopy mess. Ewwww.

PRO TIP:  Let the pimento cheese sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours and overnight is best (12 hours). This allows time for the flavors to marry and meld. It’s worth the wait.

If You Enjoyed This Delicious Cheesy Spread, You Might Also Enjoy…

Hot Bacon Cheese Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Chori Queso Cheese Dip

Corn Dip

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Chicken Fried Steak or

Chicken Pie or

Marinated Pork Chops

And…

Pinto Beans

Southern Cooked Cabbage

Collard Greens

Add A little Yum Yum Sauce

Deviled Eggs made with this Easy Peel Hard Boiled Egg

And finish it all off with…

Banana Pudding!

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Ultimate Southern Pimento Cheese

Ultimate Southern Pimento Cheese

A simple and easy recipe for ultimate southern pimento cheese
5 from 5 votes
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Course: spread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pimento Cheese, Southern Pimento Cheese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
rest in fridge: 4 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes

Ingredients

  • 4 oz 1/2 block white VERY SHARP cheddar cheese (I used Cabots Extra Sharp) (DO NOT USE PRESHREDDED CHEESE)
  • 4 oz 1/2 block orange creamy sharp cheese (I used Hellavagood Sharp) (DO NOT USE PRESHREDDED CHEESE)
  • ½ CUP Mayonnaise Use Dukes for this recipe, if not available then Hellmans, Blue Plate or Aldi store brand.
  • ½ cup pimento slices Drain well
  • 3 stalks of green onion – chopped use the white and green parts
  • ½ tsp kosher salt NOT table salt – kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp hot sauce Franks or Cholulas work best
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

  • Grate the cheeses with a hand grater on the largest holes available. Place the cheese in a large bowl.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the bowl. Use a rubber spatula and gently mix all ingredients together. Do not over mix – you don’t want all of your cheese breaking.
  • Put plastic wrap over the top and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Overnight is better as this allows the flavors to marry and get to know each other better.
  • Serve on sandwiches, as a grilled cheese, in your grits, on crackers, on a baked potato, on celery or other veggies – you name it!

Notes

  • Use the best cheese you can find, I give best brands to use in the recipe. 
  • The cheese will taste BEST if you blend two types of cheese (see recipe). 
  • Hand grate the cheese for best flavor, prepackaged grated cheese has something added to keep it from sticking to itself and that is not the best type for pimento cheese. 
  • Use the Mayonnaise brand is IMPORTANT!  That is where you get creamy tang from. Preferred brands are listed.
  • You will be tempted to use the pimentos that are jarred up and chopped small already.  Don't do it.  Chop your own - it makes the flavor just right. 
  • When mixing the cheese together, just fold and be SO GENTLE!  Only mix until everything is just mixed together. 
  • IF you do not want any spicy flavor in your pimento cheese then leave the cayenne out, but it does give a lot of flavor.  
  • This recipe makes a little more than what you would buy at the store.  Remember, this is a southern staple and it is MEANT to be shared! 
  • Do not try to freeze Ultimate Southern Pimento Cheese because it won't work and will make a gloopy mess.  Ewwww.
PRO TIP:  Let the pimento cheese sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours and overnight is best (12 hours).  This allows time for the flavors to marry and meld.  It's worth the wait.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Ultimate Southern Pimento Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 421mg18%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 11.2mg14%
Calcium 209mg21%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***this post was originally posted on Loaves and Dishes on October 26, 2015 and was republished June 20, 2018 with NEW information. This recipe has been republised again with “why this recipe works”, FAQ’s, Step by Step instructions with the photos, nutrition information, updated recipe card, video and related recipes.*** 

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Kim

Friday 10th of April 2020

The only kind of pimentos I am Familiar with is the small Ones in the jar that aren’t recommended. Can you tell me about the ones you are referring to in the recipe? Thanks

Wendi Spraker

Friday 10th of April 2020

Hi Kim, look in the same section of the grocery where you find your small diced pimentos and you should see the pimento strips like I show in the photos in the strainer. Also, whole roasted red peppers work too! They should be in that same section of the grocery as well (in my grocery it's near the pickle section). Pimentos ARE preserved red peppers, so that should help. Thanks for asking, I bet other people had the same questions.

Scott Kjeer

Thursday 8th of August 2019

This is the best looking home-made Pimento Cheese recipe I have ever seen. I can't wait to try it. Wendi, when I was a kid growing up in Tampa Bay, I experienced a pimento cheese recipe that was tangy-sweet, kind of like a Hellman's Sandwich Spread but with cheese and pimento. Would you know what could possibly be used to get that taste (as an alternative to your amazing recipe). Thank you, Wendi!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 9th of August 2019

Hi Scott! Thanks for leaving a comment and for asking. I think you would find that tanginess in the quality of the mayo and cheese that you use. You can always play around with different types of cheeses and different mayos. The sweet will come from a dab of sugar (or substitutes for sugar - honey, agave, etc.). Give this recipe a shot and see what you think. Then go from there. :) . Also, the quality of the pimentos matters too. You'll find if you buy the best ones you can find in larger pieces and then cut them up yourself, they tend to have a better flavor. That's what I've found.

Leslie

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

I’ve never been a huge pimento cheese fan, but I’m back in the South going to a party....what’s a girl to do? Tried this and, seriously, PEOPLE COULD NOT STOP EATING IT. It almost ruined the Low Country Boil, since nobody could do it justice.

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

Leslie! You are both making me laugh and making my day! You are a doll. Thanks for letting me know. Now you’ll be known as “the pimento cheese lady”. Lol. Have a great week!

Fred W.

Sunday 29th of July 2018

Made this appetizer for a club meeting noting and it was a huge hit? Very different from the traditional sweet pimento cheese.

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 29th of July 2018

Thanks Fred. I'm glad it was a hit!

Moxie

Friday 2nd of February 2018

Tried it - its the best!

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