pimento cheese with crackers

Southern Pimiento Cheese

This classic cheese spread is a quintessential southern tradition, but you can give it a new twist by stirring in some tasty additions.
Prep Time: 1 hour10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 3


  • 1 (8-ounce) block sharp Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) block white Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup roasted red bell peppers finely chopped
  • 12 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 teaspoon dried celery flakes
  • 14 teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Shred both blocks of cheese and place in a medium mixing bowl.
    Add diced red peppers, mayonnaise and spices. Gently mix all ingredients together. Cover and chill for at least an hour before serving.
  2. Note: You can use jarred roasted red peppers instead of roasting your own. Use peppers in brine only, not oil, and be sure to drain completely and remove as much moisture as possible.
  3. Variations
  4. Pimiento Cheese with Bacon and Scallions:Combine 2 cups Southern Pimiento Cheese with 3/4 cup chopped, cooked bacon and 1/4 cup chopped scallions. Yield: 2 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons).
  5. Pimiento Cheese with Horseradish and Pecans:Combine 2 cups Southern Pimiento Cheese with 1/2 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped, 3 tablespoons grated horseradish, and 2 teaspoons granulated garlic. Yield: 2 1/2 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
  6. Pimiento Cheese with Sweet and Spicy Pickles: Combine 2 cups Southern Pimiento Cheese and 3/4 cup finely chopped Wickles Pickles®. Yield: 2 1/2 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
  7. *Wickles Pickles® were used for recipe development, however, any sweet and spicy pickles will also work well.


Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Source of recipe: Rebecca Egsieker, The Dairy Chef

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