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Pimento Cheese Spread

Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread is a crowd favorite! It’s a classic, southern  recipe that is easy to make. Serve it with crackers or veggies!

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I have to confess that Pimento Cheese wasn’t something that I was too familiar with. It was never at our parties or BBQs. I didn’t actually try it until I was in my 30s!

One bite and I felt that I needed to make up for lost time! This stuff is fantastic. It’s creamy. Slightly spicy and full of flavor. It’s easy to make and perfect as dip, spread or even as an epic grilled cheese.

Pimento Cheese on a cracker

If you buy pimento cheese pre-made in the deli, it can be kind of expensive. Today I am going to show you how to make it from scratch. It’ll cost you less AND probably taste better too!

What is Pimento Cheese?

As I mentioned above, Pimento cheese is a classic southern appetizer. It’s a  blend of cheeses, mayo, seasonings and you guessed it: pimentos. There are lots of  variations out there with different mix-ins but this recipe is for the  classic version.

What ingredients do you need to make Pimento Cheese?

Overhead photo of ingredients needed to make pimento cheese.

CREAM CHEESE: This is where the creamy richness comes from.

SHARP CHEDDAR/SHARP WHITE CHEDDAR: The combination of the two works so well in this dip. Be sure to shred it yourself, it’ll taste better in the final product

MAYONNAISE: The added oil helps make the cheese a little easier to spread.  The recipe calls for 1/4 cup but you can start with 2 tablespoons and add more to your desired consistency.

PIMENTOS:  You can usually find these in the condiment aisle. You’ll need a 4 ounce jar and be sure to drain it well.

GRANULATED GARLIC: Garlic powder is great too. If you’re using garlic salt, cut the amount in half because the cheese is also salty.

CAYENNE: This is optional but it does give the spread a nice little kick!  Add as  little or as much as you like.

How do you make pimento cheese spread?

It could not be easier! Really! The hardest thing about it, is letting it sit. Sure you could eat it right away and it’ll be tasty. BUT it is even better if you let it set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. It gives the flavors a chance to blend together.

It’s even better the next day!

To make homemade pimento cheese, use a handheld mixer to cream the cream cheese in a bowl until it’s smooth.

Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and let chill for at least 30 minutes. Then serve! You can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week or so.

See! Easy!

Close up photo of pimento cheese.

How do you serve pimento cheese?

So what do you serve this cheesy deliciousness with? You can spread it on crackers or as a dip for crudités. You can use it to make an epic grilled cheese. I like to let it sit out for about 20 minutes or so, so that it softens a bit.  Whichever way you choose to eat it, trust me, you’re going be a Pimento Cheese fan for life.

Pimento Cheese on cracker.

Looking for more Southern Recipes to try? Check these out!

Deep Fried Chicken Wings

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Southern Style Green Beans

Dipping Sauce for Fried Green Tomatoes

Need more easy party appetizers?  I’ve got you covered!

Tapenade Recipe

Clam Dip 

Air Fryer Mushrooms

Note: This post was originally written in 2017. It was updated with new photos in 2021.

Pimento Cheese Spread Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time:

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup freshly shredded gouda cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (4oz) jar pimentos, drained and chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

1

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2

Serve with crackers or bread. If desired, let warm for 20 minutes before serving to make it easier to dip and scoop.

Nutrition information

Amount per serving: 6 servings
Calories: 390 , Total Fat: 32g , Saturated Fat: 18.6g , Cholesterol: 102mg , Sodium: 571mg , Carbohydrates: 10.7g , Fiber: 1.1g , Sugar: 5.7g , Protein: 16.7g

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  • Reply
    Gust Și Aromă
    June 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    This is a perfect appetizer! I love it!

  • Reply
    Miryam, Eat Good 4 Life
    June 29, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Such a great appetizer. I need to keep this recipe close for over the summer.

  • Reply
    Carrie R
    June 29, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Just when I didn’t think that pimento cheese could get any better, you went and added gouda to it. ;) Good call!

  • Reply
    Jen
    June 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I grew up eating and loving pimento cheese but haven’t had it for the longest time until eating at The Country Cat (downtown Portland). It reminded me of all the goodness that it is. I can’t wait to try your recipe!!

  • Reply
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    June 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I could gladly cozy up to a big bowl of that all by myself :)

  • Reply
    Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious
    June 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I have been eating pimento cheese my entire life. I usually stick to the “regular” recipe. But you have sparked my interest with the gouda!

  • Reply
    Erin
    June 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Pimento cheese always reminds me of the summertime, and this recipe right here? Absolute perfection!

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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