Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

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!

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 best 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

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).

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

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.

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

Combine

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

Optional Add-ins

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!

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!

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

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

Deviled Eggs

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Vidalia Onion Dip

Shrimp Dip

Here’s how I make Grandmother’s 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
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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pimento cheese, how to make pimento cheese, pimento cheese, pimento cheese recipe, pimento cheese sandwich, pimento cheese spread, southern pimento cheese, what is pimento cheese
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Robyn Stone

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Video

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

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 77mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

 

Originally published 2010.

111 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.

    • Just made this after searching different recipes and I love this the most. The simplicity of it is wonderful! I made a double batch because we will be eating it for a few days. Everyone loves it! Delicious on butter crackers and croissants!

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

  6. Your Grandmother and my Grandmother must have known each other!

  7. Excellent, easy!!!! Will make again!!!

  8. Very good!! Will make this again soon!!

  9. Grandma & my mom made this. I loved pimento cheese growing up. This recipe is wonderful. Thank you!-

  10. I just made this with 14” of snow outside and it is delicious! The only thing I did different was add chopped jalapeños because I like it spicy. I served it with a variety of crackers and crusty bread. I love that it’s easy yet so yummy. Thank you!

  11. Yours is the first recipe besides my grandmas that talks about using a food grinder! I have made this a 100 ways and something about the way the grinders mix it all together you just can get that with shredded cheese and a spoon, never thought of a food processor. A tip from my Grams….to clean the grinder after run a few slices of bread through it. Virtually spotless after!

  12. I don’t have a food processor, but I do have my grandma’s meat grinder (her’s was used mainly for nuts). Might have to give it a whirl. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  13. We love pimiento cheese (I always spell it with 2 i’s) at our house and appreciate reading your version and the mention of your grandmother. I’d have to add more pimientos for such a large amount of cheese, though. I feel it needs lots of pimientos.

    • Thanks for your comment, Daphne,
      Of course, you can always add as many pimiento peppers as you want to this recipe. Hope your family enjoys this as much as my family does.

  14. This is truly the BEST pimento cheese!
    We eat it a lot – especially in the summer on sandwiches and with fresh veggies from the garden. It’s out of this world for sandwiches and on some fried green tomatoes! Yum!
    Thank you Robyn!

  15. Finally got to make your mom’s pimento cheese tonight, first time I have ever made any pimento cheese.  It is awesome I will be making more.  We actually served it grilled and it was delicious.  Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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