Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese Recipe

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Joanne Hendriksen


Pimento cheese is one of the true joys of Southern food. It is a versatile food, eaten as an appetizer on crackers, as a sandwich on white bread, either plain, toasted, or grilled, and as a burger topping.
This recipe is adapted from one by a legendary Southern chef, the late Bill Neal.

Rick McDaniel-Chef Rick Central Coast CA. chefrick.com


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5 Min
30 Min
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16 oz
aged white cheddar
1-2 oz
jar diced pimentos, drained
6 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
chili powder
1/8 tsp
freshly ground pepper
cayenne pepper

How to Make Pimento Cheese


  • 1Grate the Cheddar by hand or in a food processor.
  • 2Add the rest of the ingredients and stir lightly to mix.
  • 3Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 4Serve with crackers.
  • 5Recipe notes: I use Duke’s mayonnaise and Kraft Cracker Barrel Aged Reserve for the cheddar.

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About Pimento Cheese

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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