This Pimento Cheese recipe is the 10-minute prep, luxuriously creamy, cheesy, tangy, and as-spicy-as-you-like dip or spread that you’re going to want to serve with everything!
Pimento Cheese is a classic Southern cheddar cheese and pimento pepper dip or spread that’s a must-make for game-day, holidays, get-togethers, or just to enjoy every day! It’s luxuriously creamy, cheesy, tangy, and as-spicy-as-you-like and so easy to make with just a handful of ingredients in less than 10 minutes. This homemade Pimento Cheese recipe is guaranteed to knock the socks off of any store-bought version and is incredible versatile: use it as a spread on sandwiches, burgers, wraps, etc. as a dip for vegetables, crackers, chips, or in stuffed chicken breasts, potatoes, quesadillas and more! It also earns major points because it’s make-ahead friendly and tastes even better the next day for an outrageously delicious, stress-free, crowd pleaser.
Dips are always a party favorite! Don’t miss these popular recipes: Jalapeno Popper Dip, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Hot Crab Dip, French Onion Dip and, of course, this new Homemade Pimento Cheese Dip.
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PIMENTO CHEESE Recipe ingredients
Your mind will be blown at how these everyday ingredients transform into hypnotic Pimento Cheese Dip. This homemade recipe tastes far superior to store-bought options and is easy to customize depending on personal preference. Let’s take a closer look at what you’ll need (full recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post):
HOW TO MAKE Pimento Cheese
Homemade Pimento Cheese is one of the easiest dips or spreads you can make, ready in just 10 minutes. You can simply mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, pimentos, and seasonings together, OR for the creamiest texture, I like to use my hand mixer. Here’s how to make it (full recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post):
HOW TO SERVE HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE
Pimento Cheese can be served in so many different ways! Here are a few ideas to upgrade veggies, sandwiches and more!
Pimento Cheese Sandwiches
Pimento Cheese Sandwiches are scrumptious served hot or cold.
As a Dip
This recipe for Pimento Cheese is so incredible tasty as dip – we inhale it! Keep in mind the, the dip should be at room temperature when serving, otherwise it can be too hard. Try it with any of the following dippers:
As a Spread
As an Add-In
Pimento Cheese is tasty wherever cheese or cream cheese can be used!
possible recipe variations
You are welcome to jazz up your recipe for Pimento Cheese until your heart (and belly) are content! Most of these add-ins are not traditional, but don’t let that scare you away!
pimento cheese FAQS
Pimento Cheese is a popular American dish claimed by the South. However, it actually originated in 1870 in New York! NY farmers invented the early versions of cream cheese around the same time Spain began importing jarred “pimiento” over to the United States. The two were a match made in heaven!
Pimento Cheese is rich, creamy and tangy with a thick, spreadable consistency. It is often made spicy with the addition of jalapenos, cayenne pepper or Tabasco, zesty with horseradish sauce, more tangy with dill pickles or more savory with Worcestershire sauce.
Pimento cheese has several affectionate names in the south including “Carolina Caviar,” “pâté du Sud,” Southern pâté, or “the Caviar of the South.”
I’ve included all sorts of ways to enjoy Pimento Cheese in this post! A popular favorite in the South, however, is to make tea-size finger sandwiches. It is also used as a dip with vegetables and crackers, as a spread for toast or burgers, stirred into grits or in deviled eggs.
Pimento Cheese is typically served slightly chilled, but not straight out of the refrigerator, otherwise it will be too thick (because the cream cheese hardens). It is also delicious warmed because it becomes melty and creamy like in quesadillas, or in pasta or grits.
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- 1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp EACH garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dried oregano, salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese (go extra sharp if you can)
- 1 4 oz. jar diced pimentos, drained
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos, well drained (or substitute with 1 seeded diced jalapeno, cayenne pepper or hot sauce to taste)
- Green onions (optional)
- Add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream/Greek yogurt and spices to a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat the mixture until it is well combined and fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Add the cheese, pimentos and jalapenos and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with optional green onions. Serve with crackers, vegetables, or as a spread. See post for TONS of serving ideas!
- Pimentos: These are easy to find at the grocery store, typically in glass jars, stocked with the olives and pickles. You will need one 4-ounce jar for this recipe. Pick up a jar of chopped pimentos, otherwise, if they come in slices, just chop them yourself into a ¼-inch dice.
- Storage: The shelf life of your Pimento Cheese will depend on the freshness of your sour cream/Greek yogurt. If they are fresh, then your Pimento Cheese should last for up to 7-10 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes to soften before serving, or microwave for 20 seconds.
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