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Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe – A staple spread in Southern homes and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, it is delicious as a spread, pimento cheese dip or sandwich!
My grandmother made her pimento cheese the old fashioned way. She had a dedicated meat grinder she used to grind her cheese. It was a process definitely worth watching as a little girl. And it resulted in the best pimento cheese I’ve ever tasted.
How to Make Pimento Cheese
Not having my grandmother’s meat grinder, I quickly shred the cheese and add it to a few other ingredients to make the quickest, easiest, and most delicious pimento cheese I’ve ever tasted! And, it includes my grandmother’s other secret ingredient (cream cheese).
Shred Your Cheese
You can easily shred your cheese in a food processor or even with a box grater, but I definitely recommend shredding your own cheese instead of using store-bought shredded cheese.
Can I use packaged pre-shredded cheese?
Store-bought shredded cheese includes a coating to prevent the cheese from clumping together that makes the cheese not cream together as well as cheese that is freshly shredded from a block of cheese.
Now, if you are in a pinch, you certainly can use pre-shredded cheese. But, do shred your own cheese sometime when making it and I think you’ll see the difference.
Once I shred my cheese, I then mix in my softened cream cheese until well combined. Since I already was using my food processor, I just switched out my blades and continued to use it. Of course, you can easily mix it together by hand or even using an electric mixer, if you like.
Once I have my cheeses well combined, I then stir in the remaining ingredients: pimentos, salt and pepper, and any mayonnaise or Greek yogurt that I may be using.
You can also include other spices and seasonings if you prefer. Garlic powder, onion powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper or even a couple of dashes of hot sauce. I think I’ve tasted and love them all! But I always begin with my Grandmother Verdie’s base recipe. Most times, I stop there since it is practically perfect in every single way, but there are times that I spice it up a bit depending on my mood.
What to Serve with Pimento Cheese
Pimento cheese is delicious served with bagel chips, pretzels, or crackers and I especially love it spread on a sandwich or wrap or served with veggies. Basically, it just goes well with anything and just about everything!
And one thing is for certain, it always disappears!
Whether you serve as a dip or as a pimento cheese sandwich with a side of chips and a pickle, you just can’t go wrong! If you prefer it as a hot dip, you definitely should try my hot pimento cheese dip recipe, too!
More Favorite Appetizers or Snacks
Here’s how I make Grandmother’s recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe
- 1 (8-ounce) sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 (8-ounce) mild cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
- ¼ cup diced pimentos
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise or Greek yogurt optional
- Cream together cheddar cheese with the softened cream cheese until well combined.
- Stir in pimentos and salt and pepper.
- If you prefer your pimento cheese to be a bit thinner for spreading, add in optional mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, or liquid from the diced pimentos to preference.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Optional Ingredients:
Add garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper or hot sauce to your preference.
Originally published 2010.