I now get Pimento Cheese. I didn’t understand it, but never one to judge cheese without giving it a try first, I thought it was time to give the Southern snack a chance. The cheddar is obviously the star of this dip and the mild flavor reminds me of the nightly cheese and crackers we had at home growing up.

Mixing cheese with mayo probably seems a little ridiculous, and a tad unhealthy, but you know what? I liked it.

Pimento Cheese - makes about 2 cups adapted from The Kitchn

  • 12 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz jar of pimentos, chopped
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayo
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Chill for at least an hour.

Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.

12 Comments (Reply )

  1. Cynthia
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    Thanks for the recipe. I love pimento cheese! May not be the healthiest thing, but it tastes awesome. I will have to try this recipe out to make my own.


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    You seriously read my mind!! I’ve been dying to make homemade pimento cheese for ages now!!


  3. Angela
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    I’ve never had pimento cheese but I hear its really popular in the south. I love the idea of cheddar with so much spice and this recipe looks easy enough. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Emily @Cleanliness
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    I wasn’t quite sure what my day was lacking until I saw this post. Consuming this will be essentially to my day’s happiness ;-)

    Looks delish.


  5. Mo@MommyRD
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    I’ve never had pimento cheese. Looks like it would be a hit at an appetizer party.


  6. Tracey
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    Okay, I’m going to ask a question I should already know the answer to. What exactly is a pimento? I know they stuff green olives with them but I don’t know what they are.


    • Emily
      Oct 18, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

      It is basically pieces of a sweet red pepper….not sure why it is called a pimento though! I’ll have to look into it!


  7. erica
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    Trader Joe’s makes something similar to this and has always taste so good, however I would love to make this myself! Great recipe! YUM!


  8. Roxan
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    I’m so glad Tracey asked what a pimento is because I didn’t know either! I really want to try this cheese :)


  9. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Oct 19, 2010 @ 6:55 am

    I finally got turned on to pimento cheese about a year ago and it is my favorite hors d’oeuvre now! I actually like it all warm and toasty even better (not the ‘real’ Southern way I’m sure, but supper yummy). I made pimento cheese toasts last year for New Years Eve: http://cozydelicious.com/2009/12/28/gourmet-unbound-pimento-cheese-toasts-for-the-new-year/


  10. erica @ fashionmeetsfood
    Oct 19, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    This looks absolutely amazing and I will definitely be giving it a try. I just found your blog and love it! You now have a new follower!



  11. Holly
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    congrats again on the engagement lady! and trust me, mixing mayo with cheese sounds like an EXCELLENT idea to me :)


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