Homemade Pimento Cheese

March 15, 2023

Before we get to the good part, let me tell you a little about pimento cheese.

What is Pimento Cheese?

Pimento cheese is a very popular Southern spread made with shredded cheese, mayo, and pimentos. Here in the South we put it on crackers, use it on sandwiches, and we have also been know to fry into the worlds most delicious little balls as an appetizer. 

What is in Pimento Cheese?

Block Cheese-please for the love of it, don't cheap out and use pre shredded, trust me it ain't the same thing.

Mayo- here in the South we only use one kind, and you know it by heart, Duke's. But really I am sure you can use whatever you have on hand. 

Cream Cheese- this makes your pimento cheese spread like warm butter 

Pimentos-a tiny jar of pimentos, they are found in the grocery aisle with the pickles and relish.

Seasonings- salt & pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic are added to your taste

How to make Pimento Cheese from Scratch

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until they are well combined. I have a mini food processor that I use to grate my cheese. Just cut the block into smaller pieces and give it a few soft pulses.

How to store Pimento Cheese

Store in an airtight container for up to one week.


2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

8 oz cream cheese softened

1/2 cup of Duke's mayo

1 (4oz) jar of drained pimento

1/4 tsp of garlic powder, cayenne pepper 

Salt & Pepper to taste


I love a good pimento cheese sandwich on some fresh white bread, yummy! I grew up eating homemade pimento cheese, my Dad always made it best. 



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