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Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe ~ THE Spread for Everything!

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe ~ THE Spread for Everything!

This spread has so many culinary uses. Great served with good crackers and crudités ~ use also as a sandwich spread, a burger topper or a stuffing for vegetables. The possibilities are really endless.

Pimento Cheese: Adds a cheesy, slightly spicy flavor and creamy, dreamy texture to multitude of tasty things

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe ~ THE Spread for Everything!


8 ounces white aged cheddar (about 2 cups grated)

6 ounces yellow aged cheddar, grated

⅔ cups good quality mayonnaise* I use a natural one without “natural flavoring”

½ cup pimentos, drained, diced medium-fine 

3 tablespoons greek yogurt

1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce (I used an organic one)

¼ teaspoon smoked paprika 

2 big pinches cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon neutral oil, such as non gmo safflower oil 

3 tablespoons fresh shallots, peeled, medium- fine dice 

sea salt to taste



Add coarsely grated white & yellow cheddars to a large bowl. Add mayonnaise, pimentos, yogurt, worcestershire sauce, paprika and cayenne pepper.
Blend to combine – I use a potato masher to not only mix-up, but blend to a creamy consistency.


Sauté shallots: in a small pan, add 1 t. neutral oil and add chopped shallots. Cook over low-moderate heat, stirring until softened and just coloring around the edges, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.


Fold sautéed shallots into the large bowl.
Cover the bowl, place in the refrigerator to cool and firm up.
Taste the Pimento Cheese. Add salt to taste. Add more spice if you like.


To serve:
Bring to room temperature. I like to place the Pimento Cheese in a bowl with a spreader knife surrounded by nice crackers and sliced colorful vegetables.

Serving ideas for Pimento Cheese:
– Pimento Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (or as a filling for many sandwiches)
– Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
– Pimento Cheese Stuffed Squash and Stuffed Peppers (miniature ones make great appetizers.)
– Pimento Cheese Mac n Cheese
– Scalloped Corn with Pimento Cheese
– Pimento Cheese Corn Bread
– Pimento Cheese topped Burgers
– Topping for a home made biscuit
– Crispy Bacon is a great accompaniment
– Pimento Cheese Potato Gratin
– Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Pimento Cheese


*Trader Joe Mayonnaise ingredients: expeller pressed canola oil, whole eggs, apple cider vinegar, egg yolks, water, salt, spices, lemon juice concentrate. I also recommend: Veganaise.

I do not use mass marketed mayonnaise. National Brand Hellmann’s ingredients: soybean oil, water, whole eggs and egg yolks, vinegar, salt, sugar, lemon juice concentrate, calcium disodium edta (used to protect quality), natural flavors.

What’s unacceptable to me: Soybean oil is processed with chemical solvents. Calcium disodium edta is a commonly used food preservative used to preserve color and flavor, can have side effects. Natural Flavors are chemicals added to alter flavor.

See BLOG for photos and instructions.

This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer

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