Susan's Homemade Pimento Cheese

Susan Feliciano


I've made pimento cheese various ways over the years, including Velveeta, cream cheese, adding olives, and many other variations.
This recipe is our family's favorite. It has just the right mix of cheese, pimento, and flavor. Use the very best cheese you can find, because the flavor depends a lot on your cheese. I hope you enjoy it.

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2 cups


10 Min


No-Cook or Other


8 oz
block extra sharp cheddar cheese
3 oz
cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 tsp
2 Tbsp
juice from the pimento jar
1/2 c
mayonnaise or Miracle Whip, plus more to taste
1/4 c
diced pimentos (from a jar)

Directions Step-By-Step

Grate the cheddar cheese on a box grater, using the side with large holes. You get even smaller pieces of cheese if you freeze the cheese first overnight, then let sit at room temperature about 10 minutes before grating. I grate mine onto a large sheet of waxed paper. Place the grated cheese into a large mixing bowl.
Be sure the cream cheese is very soft. You can even cut it into small pieces and microwave it 10-15 seconds if you like. Whip the cream cheese with a fork until smooth, then beat in the honey, pimento juice, and mayonnaise until very smooth.
Add the diced pimentos and the mayonnaise mixture gently to the grated cheese, and fold all together, being sure to distribute everything evenly. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Low Carb