This pimento cheese recipe comes courtesy of my brother and his husband, who is a true Southerner.
I confess I always said I didn’t like pimentos growing up, but I learned that I probably never had real ones.
Instead I probably had red bell peppers, because people use them as a substitute for pimentos.
In fact, when I was writing this article, I looked for pictures of pimentos, and instead of pimentos, all I could find were pictures of red bell peppers.
Real pimentos come from a cherry shaped pepper and are not the same as a red bell pepper.
They give pimento cheese its distinctive taste, and when you use the real thing, it makes all the difference.
It seems like every Southern family has a recipe for pimento cheese, and they all have a secret ingredient or two.
The biggest secret, though, is that no one really measures anything, and they keep adding their favorite ingredients until the mix tastes just right.
I hope you enjoy this recipe.
It has become a staple at our home, and I hope it becomes a staple at yours too.
Tips for Pimento Cheese Success
Let all of the ingredients come to room temperature.
If that freaks you out with the mayonnaise, you can skip that part.
My brother and I like to add as much shredded cheddar as the mix will hold and still be creamy enough to spread.
If you prefer less, then use less.
Some people prefer a more prominent pimento taste and use the entire jar of diced pimentos.
Some prefer a milder taste and use less.
Important note: The hot sauce is crucial.
As someone who is a complete baby when it comes to spice, I promise the hot sauce in this will not burn.
Without a few dashes of it your pimento cheese will taste bland and boring.
My brother sometimes adds a spicy pepper to give it a kick.
I never do.
We serve this dip with crackers and/or veggie dippers.
We especially love it on celery, and my husband thinks pimento grilled cheese is pretty darned tasty.
Let’s Make This!
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup Duke's mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 2-4 ounces diced pimentos
- A few dashes of hot sauce
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the cream cheese and half of the mayo completely in a medium size bowl.
- Keep adding mayo until the mixture is soft but not soupy.
- Begin adding the grated sharp cheddar cheese an ounce or two at a time.
- Add until you have a creamy, cheese filled mixture.
- Pour half the jar into a strainer,.
- When the pimentos are strained, add into the cheese mixture.
- Add hot sauce, a few dashes at a time
- Serve with crackers and/or celery
This dip doubles well and makes some awesome deviled eggs
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Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese Brick (8 oz Box)
Duke's Real Mayonnaise 3 Pack, 18oz Each
McCormick Onion Powder, 2.62 oz
McCormick Classic Garlic Powder, 3.12 oz
365 by Whole Foods Market, Cheese Bar, Sharp Cheddar, 8 Ounce
Cento Sliced Pimentos, 4 oz
Cholula Hot Sauce, Original, 5 oz
McCormick Sea Salt, 2.12 oz Table Grinder
McCormick Ground Organic Black Pepper, 3 oz
Keebler Club Crackers, Original, 13.7 oz Box
Simple Mills, Snacks Variety Pack, Fine Ground Sea Salt, Rosemary & Sea Salt, Farmhouse Cheddar Variety Pack, 3 Count (Packaging May Vary)
Cuisinart FP-13DGM Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor and Dicing Kit, Gunmetal
KitchenAid 4-1/2-Quart Ultra Power Stand Mixer, Twilight Blue
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 358mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g
All nutrition information is approximate and for informational use only. Your serving sizes and nutrition information may differ.
The recipe doubles well, and I would suggest if you are making this for a party, or if you want to have it for more than one sitting to definitely make a double batch.
To make more delicious and easy recipes, check out Easy, hot artichoke dip, Zippy Beef Spread and Mama K’s Homemade Mixes, and you’ll have so many options to make your next get together even more tasty.
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