Pimento Cheese

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A delicious southern favorite, this pimento cheese spread is delicious served as a sandwich or with crackers as a dip.

pimento cheese dip with crackers
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It wasn’t until I was an adult that I discovered how delicious homemade pimento cheese spread was.

While my husband loved pretty much any store bought or gas station version, I did not want to try it.

It wasn’t until I tasted what homemade pimento cheese tasted like that I fell in love.

What is pimento cheese made of?

It’s a creamy cheesy mildly sweet pepper mixture that is spreadable and is best served on a sandwich (white sandwich bread is best) or with crackers.

Pimento cheese is also great as an appetizer which is what inspired me to make this pimento cheese ball for our holiday gatherings.

pimento cheese sandwich cut in half and stacked

All you need to make this addictively delicious spread is just a few simple ingredients and a jar of pimento peppers.

Pimento Cheese Ingredients

  • cream cheese
  • cheddar cheese block: freshly grated is a must
  • diced pimento peppers: drained from the jar
  • mayo
  • spices: salt, onion powder, and garlic powder

What are pimento peppers?

The star of this dish, pimento peppers, also known as pimientos, are a type of pepper with a mild sweet flavor and no spiciness.

ingredients needed to make pimento cheese

How to make pimento cheese dip

Step 1: Allow your cream cheese block to soften, which will take around 30-45 minutes depending on the temperature in your kitchen.

Once the cream cheese is soft, use a hand mixer or kitchenaid to beat it until fluffy.

Step 2: Add the fresh grated sharp cheddar cheese, diced pimento peppers, mayo, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Beat to combine until the spread is thoroughly mixed.

Cover and chill the pimento cheese until you are ready to serve it.

mixing the pimento cheese in a glass bowl
homemade pimento cheese

How to serve

  • As a sandwich: un-toasted white soft sandwich bread is the best for making pimento cheese sandwiches
  • As a dip: serve this spread with your favorite crackers or crunchy veggies for a snack or lunch. Bell pepper, cucumber, or celery slices would all make a good vessel for this dip.
pimento cheese dip with crackers

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pimento cheese dip with crackers

If you like your pimento cheese with a little spices, add cayenne to taste.

This is the best easy foolproof recipe, and anyone can make it!

pimento cheese sandwich cut in half and stacked

Whether you grew up with this southern favorite or not, you have to give it a try! This delicious dip will become a classic in your home too.

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4.49 from 52 votes

Pimento Cheese

By: Joy Shull
Pimento cheese is a popular lunch favorite and easy to make with this simple recipe!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz block sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • cup diced pimento peppers, drained
  • 3 tablespoons mayo
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions 

  • Soften the cream cheese for at least 45 minutes
  • Beat the cream cheese using hand mixers or a stand mixer
  • Add the sharp cheddar cheese, diced pimento peppers, mayo, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Beat to combine
  • Cover and chill in the fridge until ready to serve
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge
  • Serve with crackers for an appetizer or on white sandwich bread

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 59mg, Sodium: 382mg, Potassium: 79mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 881IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 229mg, Iron: 0.3mg
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