pimento cheese perfection!

a recipe by
Julie Bailey
Durham, NC

My son and I love pimento cheese and enjoy making it from scratch because it's so easy. We like a tiny amount of heat with ours and this recipe's 'heat' can easily be adjusted up or down. The Worcestershire Sauce adds an extra layer of flavor that we feel rounds out what is missing from many pimento cheese recipes. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

serves 10 to 12
prep time 15 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For pimento cheese perfection!

  • 8 oz pkg
    cream cheese, softened
  • 6-8 c
    sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (use according to how dense you prefer your pimento cheese)
  • 1/2 c
    pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 (+/-) c
    mayonnaise -or- miracle whip (your preference)
  • 1 jar
    diced pimentos (4 oz size)
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
    each of onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder (adjust to desired taste)
  • 1/4 tsp
    mustard powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp
    smoked paprika (optional)

How To Make pimento cheese perfection!

  • 1
    Combine softened cream cheese, pimentos, Worcestershire sauce, spices and mayonnaise/Miracle Whip. (NOTE: for creamy spread, use electric hand mixer and for chunky spread, beat by hand).
  • 2
    Add cheeses and beat until consistency meets your preference (chunky or creamy). Taste test to determine if the spice level meets your preference and add more if you prefer more 'heat'.
  • 3
    Chill for an hour or more. Serve as sandwiches or as an hors d'oeuvres option with crackers. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.