Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe – A staple spread in Southern home and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, this pimento cheese recipe is always a hit!

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe - A staple spread in Southern home and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, this pimento cheese recipe is always a hit! // addapinch.com

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 most delicious pimento cheese I’ve ever tasted.

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe - A staple spread in Southern home and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, this pimento cheese recipe is always a hit! // addapinch.com

Not having my grandmother’s meat grinder, I quickly shred cheese and add it to a few other ingredients to make the quickest, simplest, delicious pimento cheese. And, it includes my grandmother’s other secret ingredient (cream cheese).

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe - A staple spread in Southern home and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, this pimento cheese recipe is always a hit! // addapinch.com

You can easily shred your cheese in a food processor or even with a box grater, but I really recommend shredding your own cheese instead of using store-bought shredded cheese. Store-bought shredded cheese is includes a coating to prevent the cheese from clumping together that tends to make the pimento cheese not as creamy as I personally like.

Now, if you are in a pinch, it still works okay, just give it a try sometime shredding your own cheese and I think you’ll see the difference.

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe - A staple spread in Southern home and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, this pimento cheese recipe is always a hit! // addapinch.com

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.

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe - A staple spread in Southern home and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, this pimento cheese recipe is always a hit! // addapinch.com

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.

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, pimento cheese just goes well with anything and just about everything!

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe - A staple spread in Southern home and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, this pimento cheese recipe is always a hit! // addapinch.com

And one thing is for certain, it always disappears!

Here’s how I make Grandmother’s Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe - A staple spread in Southern home and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, this pimento cheese recipe is always a hit! // addapinch.com
Yield: 12 servings
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

Total Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe – A staple spread in Southern home and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, this pimento cheese recipe is always a hit!

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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Cream together cheddar cheese with the softened cream cheese until well combined.

  2. Stir in pimentos and salt and pepper.
  3. 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.

Notes

Use pimento cheese as a dip with vegetables, crackers or pretzels or as a spread for sandwiches, burgers, chicken and more!

Make-Ahead Instructions:
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. 

 

Nutrition Facts
Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 361mg 15%
Potassium 77mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 6.1%
Vitamin C 4.1%
Calcium 20.2%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

 

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2010. Republished with updated photos and nutritional information.

91 comments on “Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe”

  1. My mother used and old fashioned meat grinder and it was outstanding. She had hard boiled eggs crackers olives and onions. I think most of the additional ingredients were used to clean out the grinder. I remember they always went into the grinder last.

  2. This was easy to make with my mixer and all I added was a bit more pimentos and it was perfect for me! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Yummy. Just made this yesterday. Added a bit of Worcestershire sauce, a little hot sauce & garlic powder. Did not have to use a mixer or blender, just hand mixing & it came out nice and creamy.

  4. Thank you for this recipe. It is perfect and easy to make. No need for extra ingredients.

  5. Do you really have to leave it in the refrigerator for a week?

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