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Southern Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese, aka Southern Caviar, is one of our favorite delicious iconic Southern Staples, it ranks right up there with our fried okra, cornbread, and collard greens. You’ll find us Southerners slathering it on several things, such as celery, soda crackers, Triscuits, grilled cheese, hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs, and even on sweet rolls as little finger sandwiches with a pickle on top.

Pimento Cheese is a serious matter to us Southerners; don’t you kid yourself we all have our unique family recipes and even secret techniques to make this tasty menu item. My Pimento cheese has to have a little texture, yet lovely and creamy, and not too chunky.

 

Southern Pimento Cheese SpreadThe pimento pepper is also roughly chopped instead of finely chopped to suit my preferences, but you can make it a fine as you like it. You’ll likely never find processed American cheese or Velveeta cheese gracing my Pimento Cheese recipe; instead, you’ll find only sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, and cream cheese. Don’t you dare try to sneak Miracle Whip in my Pimento Cheese recipe either, oh no that’s almost grounds for a  good old-fashioned girl fight!

Now let’s get to a few other essential things about Pimento Cheese, do you enjoy it creamy or chunky? Do you grind or grate your cheese? I have found personal preference is detrimental to each Pimento Cheese lover; it’s almost like a journey when they create their favorite Pimento Cheese Spread; so I am curious about your preferences. Let me know in the comments I would love to hear from Y’all.

 

 

Southern Pimento Cheese SpreadFor the record, we Southerners aren’t necessarily saying we originally invented the idea behind our beloved Pimento Cheese, what we are saying is we sure did make it our own over the years. Years ago, pimento cheese was said to have been invented in test kitchens up North; after the introduction, Cream cheese and pimento, low and behold someone decided to mix a bit of cream cheese, and those sweet red pimentos and history were in the making.

 

 

 

 

Pimento Cheese aka Southern Caviar is one of our favorite delicious iconic Southern Staples, it ranks right up there with our fried okra, cornbread, and collard greens. You'll find us Southerners slathering it on several things; such as celery, soda crackers, Triscuits, grilled cheese, hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs, and even on sweet rolls as little finger sandwiches with a pickle on top.
 
 
 
 
Southern Pimento Cheese Spread
  • Four-ounces softened cream cheese
  • Eight-ounces yellow sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • Eight-ounces mild cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 of a cup chopped pimento peppers
  • 1/2 of a cup of quality mayonnaise + more
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of onion powder
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Pinch of red cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to hold taste
Instructions 
  1. Place 4 ounces of cream cheese in a medium bowl to soften.
  2. Grate the yellow sharp cheddar cheese and mild cheddar cheese, place in the medium bowl with the cream cheese.
  3. Drain chopped pimento peppers and place 1/2 of a cup or 4-ounces of the pimento peppers in the medium bowl with cheeses.
  4. Add Mayonnaise, a dash of hot sauce, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper to your own taste to the other ingredients to the bowl, combine thoroughly.
  5. You may also run through a food processor if desired.
  6. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving on bread, crackers, rolls, etc.
  7. Will keep safely stored in a plastic container when refrigerated– up to a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 from 6 votes
Pimento Cheese aka Southern Caviar is one of our favorite delicious iconic Southern Staples, it ranks right up there with our fried okra, cornbread, and collard greens. You'll find us Southerners slathering it on several things; such as celery, soda crackers, Triscuits, grilled cheese, hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs, and even on sweet rolls as little finger sandwiches with a pickle on top.
Southern Pimento Cheese Spread
Prep Time
25 mins
Chill
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 

Pimento Cheese aka Southern Caviar is one of our favorite delicious iconic Southern Staples, it ranks right up there with our fried okra, cornbread, and collard greens. 

Course: Appetizer, Spread
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Cheddar Cheese, Pimento, Spread
Servings: 8 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces Softened cream cheese
  • 8 ounces Yellow sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 8 ounces Mild cheddar cheese grated
  • ½ cup Chopped canned pimento peppers
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise + more
  • 1 dash Hot sauce your brand
  • ½ teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 pinch Paprika
  • 1 pinch Red cayenne pepper or to taste
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to own taste
Instructions
  1. Place 4 ounces of cream cheese in a medium bowl to soften.
  2. Grate the yellow sharp cheddar cheese and mild cheddar cheese, place in the medium bowl with the cream cheese.
  3. Drain chopped pimento peppers and place 1/2 of a cup or 4-ounces of the pimento peppers in the medium bowl with cheeses.
  4. Add Mayonnaise, a dash of hot sauce, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper to your own taste to the other ingredients to the bowl, combine thoroughly.
  5. You may also run through a food processor if desired.
  6. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving on bread, crackers, rolls, etc.

 

 

 

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Pimento Cheese aka Southern Caviar is one of our favorite delicious iconic Southern Staples, it ranks right up there with our fried okra, cornbread, and collard greens. You'll find us Southerners slathering it on several things; such as celery, soda crackers, Triscuits, grilled cheese, hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs, and even on sweet rolls as little finger sandwiches with a pickle on top.

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6 Comments

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    Deanne
    May 30, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Yum! We love this Iconic Southern recipe – it’s so good in so many ways!!

  • Reply
    Chichi
    May 29, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    This recipe is new to me. I love cheese so will give this a go. Looks and sounds delicious.

  • Reply
    bethpierce2013
    May 29, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I love how there are so many ways to enjoy this spread! Looks absolutely mouth watering!

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    jeannette9712gmailcom
    May 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Pimento cheese spread?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy moly. I would love to have this with some tortilla chips.

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    Anita @ Daily Cooking Quest
    May 29, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    I come from a land where cheese is rarely consumed, and I always thought to simply use pimento cheese as is. Your photos are all so mouthwatering and I think I’ll be hunting down some cheeses to make this ASAP.

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    Regina B
    September 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    This sounds like a pretty good pimento cheese! Hard to beat my MIL, though…lol At what age were you transplanted to the south? I live in Fulton, KY…straight up Hwy 51 from Memphis!

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