Pimento Cheese Recipe

A delicious Pimento Cheese Recipe with a hint of spice. Perfect for an appetizer or spread on a sandwich.

Pimento Cheese  Recipe

If you engage in any amount of cooking then you’ve certainly made your share of boo-boos in the kitchen. Sometimes, thankfully, we’re surprised with a happy mistake. This Pimento Cheese Recipe was one of those times. Inspired by an appetizer of Fried Oysters with a side of Pimento Cheese, that we enjoy at one of our favorite local restaurants, Brick Street Cafe, I was on a mission to make the best pimento cheese.

I began with a basic pimento cheese recipe from a family cookbook as the base with plans for a few additions. Right off the bat I misread the base ratio ingredients and used over double the amount of cream cheese called for (a 3 can easily be mistaken for an 8, right?), then I doubled the cheddar to try to fix it, tried adjusting a few other things, and Shazam! The best Pimento Cheese appeared right in front of my eyes.

You can imagine my delight when my husband nearly swooned when tasting my happy mistake. This pimento cheese is some good eats no doubt. With a combination of cream cheese, cheddar, Monterey Jack, mayonnaise for a base how could it go wrong?

You’ll need a few ingredients: cream cheese, sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, mayonnaise, pimentos, red onion, dill, celery salt, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.

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The recipe is easy to follow. Of course, if you like it more spicy, add a little more cayenne, or chop up a hot pepper of choice and toss in. After a little shredding, a little mixing and some measuring you’ll be spreading the good stuff in no time.

Full of flavor, with hints of pimento cheese and a little kick, this pimento cheese is great on crackers, celery. If you’re like me, trying to cut down on the carb intake, enjoy it on celery instead of crackers. Celery and pimento cheese are the perfect partners I say. This cheese spread would also be fantastic on a sandwich with turkey or ham.

Here are a few other cheesy recipes I think you’ll enjoy:

Pimento Cheese Recipe
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A delicious cheese spread, with a little sass. Serve as an appetizer or spread on a sandwich.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: Makes about 12 servings.
  • 1 – 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons pimentos, mashed and rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated red onion (white or yellow would work too)
  • ⅛ teaspoon dill
  • ⅛ teaspoon celery salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add all other ingredients and blend well.
  2. Refrigerate until served.

Pimento Cheese

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    Cookbook Queen says

    MMM….is it too early to eat some of this right now??

    Also, I have no low carb recipes. I am a carb queen.

    I can’t help it, they’re just so darn good!!

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    Everyone in my big southern family makes pimento cheese and we all do it different. I had equal parts Pepper Jack and Sharp Cheddar, pimentos, and just enough mayo to keep it together. My uncle adds all sorts of things, my aunt uses Parmesan cheese. In the summer when we get together at the beach we put them all out and see which one is gone first!!

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    Of late, my appreciation of pimento cheese has flourished. Mostly through the form of a PCBLT from a local sandwich shop… bacon-laced pimento cheese is where its at!

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    I’ve never had this,but it sounds and looks fantastic! Hello to a new dip I will be making for Easter. Thanks for sharing!

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says

    LOL, this looks delicious and I love the evolution of it’s creation. I admire you guys for cutting out sugar.

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    I’ve never been a huge cheese spread person, but I married into a family of cheese spread lovers. They would love this recipe!

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    Yum! This looks like a great way to cut back on sugar… One “low carb” idea that I’ve been loving lately is using endive as scoops for dip instead of chips/crackers. It would probably be delicious with this dip, in fact!

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    Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food says

    Looks wonderful, Amy. It’s funny how we southerns occasionally feel inspired to mess with (really) good old pimento cheese and then feel bashful about it. I have my own “evolved” recipe for pimento cheese, in which I subbed cottage cheese for some of the mayo and added in some cayenne. I think I like your version much better, though!

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    The Lunch Lady says

    This looks fantastic! My 4 boys love cheese spreads & I’m thinking this would make a great dip for veggies!

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    The Lunch Lady says

    Oh and check out my site. I did the whole low carb thing before & gained it all back. Since January I’ve been doing food combining instead & have lost 18 pounds so far , still eating carbs. It’s fantastic! (coming from a carb lover!) it’s all about combining foods properly.

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    Paula says

    YUM! I love it when a good recipe gets better! I love good pimento cheese… and this one sounds like a winner!

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    Deborah says

    Once while vacationing in NC, we ordered a hot cheese dip and tortilla chips appetizer at a restaurant. It turned out to be pimento cheese dip. I have never thought of warm pimento cheese spread or the combination before but it is quite tasty. Since then I’ve made it at home several times.

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    Eliana says

    Oh man! I can see myself growing very very addicted to this. And spreading on just about everything.

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    Aggie says

    I have never made pimento cheese spread. But I crave it constantly! This is making my mouth water Amy…

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    Kitchen Playground says

    Love this recipe! I also *try* to watch my carbs. If you like olives, tapenade is a good low-carb option. You can check out my favorite tapenade recipe if you’d like …

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    elizabeth says

    one of my favorite “low-carb” snacks is actually the simplest. just take some shredded mozzarella cheese, melt it in a skillet until it forms a cheese pancake and top it with whatever you want. i love it with pepperoni and mushrooms–its like pizza without the sauce and the crust!

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    gritsgrl says

    This is good with a little shake or two of red pepper added to the mix. And, served with a pepper jelly on crackers……:)

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    Chalet Davis says

    I am from Greenville and I am curious which local restaurant you were referring to with the inspiration for this recipe. I have tried many around and have my favs too. I have made my own version using cayenne and loved it. Can’t wait to try this version.

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    susanne says

    Best pimento cheese recipe I have ever had. I’ve never been a big fan of pimento cheese spread but this one is extra special!

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    Jenny Lewis says

    Do you add dill weed or dill seed? I am thinking its the weed, but just want to check.

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