Southern Homemade Pimento Cheese
Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, wing sauce, and jalapenos–makes this the best pimento cheese recipe for your recipe box.
Southern Homemade Pimento Cheese is made with freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Yes, FRESHLY shredded cheese. Please do not buy the shredded cheese and try to make this. It will make a difference in the taste.
What are Pimentos?
Pimentos are not hot peppers at all. They are most commonly associated with the bits of red pieces you see stuffed inside of olives. They have a mild taste and add to the color of this cheese spread.
How Do You Eat Pimento Cheese?
Pimento Cheese can be eaten as a dip with crackers, and it is fabulous! But, you can certainly eat it on a sandwich. The south is known for its pimento cheese sandwiches. Just spread it between two slices of bread, add a little mayo, and enjoy! 🙂 Try it sometime-you will be so glad you did!
Pimento cheese sandwiches are served at wedding showers, baby showers, and parties. To make them fancy–just cut the crust off, and cut into fourths — instant party food. For children, use your cookie cutter and cut out fun shapes.
If you are looking for a warm sandwich- try making a grilled pimento cheese sandwich. You can either toast your bread or make your sandwich, warm it in a skillet or place on a Panini Press. Be sure to try my chicken salad for a different sandwich option. It is also served at parties and showers, as well.
Not a sandwich fan–that’s okay–try it on top of celery, burgers, and grits. Just about anything you would put cheese on–pimento cheese will definitely kick it up a few notches.
In my opinion, pimento cheese gets better each day. Of course, I like to eat it the same day I make it, but it is even better the next day. You can make this as thick and creamy as you like and as spicy as you like. Add more wing sauce or jalapenos to your liking. Feeling brave–add some cayenne pepper. 😮
Ingredients Needed to Make Southern Pimento Cheese
Sharp Cheddar Cheese is the best cheese for pimento cheese spread. Grate your cheese by hand to ensure a fresher taste. It only takes a few extra minutes, and the taste is so worth the effort.
Cream Cheese–I always keep an extra block or two or three in my refrigerator. You never know when you just might need an extra block for a recipe. Such as Crock Pot Chicken Chili, Creamed corn, or Jalapeno Pepper Jelly and crackers. Cream cheese is a staple in my home.
Diced Pimentos–I find the pimento peppers easily in my grocery store. I buy a small jar of diced pimentos for this recipe. They add color and have a sweet flavor when mixed well with cheddar cheese and cream cheese. They are one of the main ingredients for this dish. Drain the peppers well before adding to the mixture.
Mayonnaise— use your favorite mayo. Again this just binds everything together and makes the pimento cheese a little bit creamier.
Wing Sauce–a secret ingredient. Not many pimento cheese spread recipes–if any–have wing sauce as one of the ingredients. The wing sauce gives it a kick and takes the pimento cheese spread up a few notches.
Diced jalapenos— I like spice. If you don’t like the heat–leave them out. Not a big deal. The taste will still be awesome. If using jalapenos, remove the seeds and chop the pepper finely. Wear gloves when working with hot peppers. The burn is real.
Instructions for Making the Best Pimento Cheese
In a large bowl, stir together the pimentos, mayonnaise, wing sauce, and jalapenos. Add the shredded cheese and cream cheese. Mix until everything is well combined. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Can you Freeze Pimento Cheese?
I do not recommend freezing this pimento cheese spread. The mayonnaise and cream cheese will separate, and it would not thaw well, and the taste would not be very pleasing. It will last for several days in the refrigerator.
Pimento Cheese Recipe Variations
*Add diced dill pickles to the recipe.
*Add chopped green olives to the pimento cheese spread. I have done this before, and it is great.
*Add the mixture to stuffed eggs. Just follow my stuffed deviled egg recipe and substitute the egg filling with the pimento cheese filling.
*Add pimento cheese to a baked potato.
*Use as a dip for veggies such as celery and cucumbers or pretzels.
*Serve for lunch with crackers.
*Serve as a Pimento Cheese sandwich cut into wedges for a party.
*Try different cheeses. The choices are quite endless.
*Serve on a burger instead of sliced cheese.
This Southern Homemade Pimento Cheese is easy to make and quite delicious. Try it for your next party, get together, or as a different sandwich option. The ways to eat it are endless. Let me know in the comments how you like to eat your pimento cheese.
Thanks, Jimmy Lee, for the recipe! It is definitely a keeper!
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Southern Homemade Pimento Cheese
- 1 pound shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 8 ounce block cream cheese softened
- 1 small jar pimentos drained
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Buffalo Wing Sauce
- jalapeno peppers diced--as many as you like
- In a large bowl, stir together the pimentos, mayonnaise, wing sauce, and jalapenos. Add the shredded cheese and cream cheese. Mix until everything is well combined. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.