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homemade pimento cheese - mw

Recipe by
Hope Wasylenki
Gahanna, OH

Pimento cheese spread - a Southern delicacy. It is also known as “the caviar of the South.” A combination of cheesy, creamy, tangy; pimento cheese is ultimately spreadable. It graces average lunchboxes to fancy garden parties and every occasion in between. Serve this delicious spread with a variety of crackers or toast points or make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich! Enjoy!

yield serving(s)
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For homemade pimento cheese - mw

  • 8 oz
    sharp cheddar (block), grated
  • 8 oz
    extra sharp cheddar (block), grated
  • 8 oz
    bag pre-shredded triple cheddar
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz
    jar diced pimentos, drained
  • 3/4 tsp
    granulated garlic
  • 3/4 tsp
    granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp
    coarse ground pepper
  • 1-2 tsp
    sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • About 2 c

How To Make homemade pimento cheese - mw

  • 1
    Soften cream cheese in the microwave. It should almost be liquidated.
  • 2
    Put everything except mayonnaise into a large mixing bowl.
  • Mixing pimento cheese
    Add mayonnaise and fold together until it reaches the consistency you like. Taste for seasoning, adjust as needed.
  • 4
    Notes: I didn’t include salt in the ingredients. I tasted it and it didn’t need any, but you can add salt to taste. You can use half mayonnaise and half sour cream or Greek yogurt in place of all mayonnaise. This adds tang. If you like things a bit spicy, add some ground cayenne powder or 1-2 minced jalapeño peppers (seeds optional). Be prepared to add more mayonnaise every 2-3 days as it will absorb into the cheese and seem dry.