Sweet Pimento Cheese

Diane Whitbeck


I was recently missing a taste from my childhood, so I went on a search, trying many recipes. I found lots of good ones, but none that tasted "just right." I decided to make my own and finally hit upon the missing ingredient. I think this makes my pimento cheese different from the others, and it brought back childhood memories! Give it a try and see what you think.

pinch tips: How to Grate Cheese for Easy Clean Up





30 Min


2 c
sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 c
monterey jack cheese, shredded
8 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
1 c
mayonnaise (i used duke's light)
1 jar(s)
pimentos, diced, 4 oz.
1 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
onion powder
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp
sugar (i used splenda)

Directions Step-By-Step

In large mixing bowl, combine the two cheeses. Mix with your hands until the two cheeses are totally blended throughout.
In a medium microwave-safe mixing bowl, place the room temperature cream cheese. Cream it, using a fork or an electric mixer. If not soft enough to cream easily, microwave for 15 - 20 seconds. When smooth, add mayo, vinegar, spices and sugar. Again, cream until mix is smooth. Fold in the pimentos until well-distributed in the mix.
Add cream cheese mixture to the two blended cheeses in large mixing bowl. Using a fork, slowly incorporate the cheeses into the cream cheese mixture until all cheese is moistened and well-blended. Continue to blend until you achieve desired texture - anywhere from chunky to smooth - your choice.
You can serve immediately with crackers, celery sticks, or use in a sandwich. Or you can refrigerate and serve chilled. Flavor will intensify as it sits. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers