Southern Pimento Cheese

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe – A staple spread in Southern homes and parties, pimento cheese is a classic! Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos and a secret ingredient, it is delicious as a spread, pimento cheese dip or sandwich!

My grandmother made her pimento cheese the old fashioned way. She had a dedicated meat grinder she used to grind her cheese. It was a process definitely worth watching as a little girl. And it resulted in the best pimento cheese I’ve ever tasted.

How to Make Pimento Cheese
Not having my grandmother’s meat grinder, I quickly shred the cheese and add it to a few other ingredients to make the quickest, easiest, and most delicious pimento cheese I’ve ever tasted! And, it includes my grandmother’s other secret ingredient (cream cheese).




  • 1 (8-ounce) sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) mild cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup diced pimentos
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise or Greek yogurt optional


    • Cream together cheddar cheese with the softened cream cheese until well combined.
    • Stir in pimentos and salt and pepper.
  • If you prefer your pimento cheese to be a bit thinner for spreading, add in optional mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, or liquid from the diced pimentos to preference.



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