Southern Pimento Cheese

  • By Susan Aldridge
  • Photography by Matt Hulsman

Are you looking for the perfect Southern pimento cheese recipe? Try this one from the Southern Delights cookbook.


Pimento Cheese

  • 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces Vermont Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 10 drops Texas Pete (or Tabasco)
  • ¼ teaspoon Spice Island Beau Monde seasoning
  • White vinegar
  • 7-ounce jar chopped red pimientos
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Dash of cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a food processor. Start with 1 teaspoon vinegar, add up to 1 tablespoon, to taste. Use pimento juice to soften mixture. Enjoy your Southern pimento cheese.

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To purchase Southern Delights, send a check or money order for $19.50, plus $5 shipping and handling per book, to Martha E. Uzzle, P.O. Box 52013, Durham, N.C. 27717. Or, copies of the cookbook may be purchased at Southern Season in Chapel Hill.

See the other recipes from Southern Delights that appeared originally with this one:
Old-fashioned Potato Salad
Martha’s Favorite Brownies
Vanilla Pecan Wafers

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13 Responses to Southern Pimento Cheese

  1. AGNES M.CANZONA says:


  2. Doug Fayard says:

    Add some dill pickles and a pack of Splenda

  3. Liz Thomas says:

    The best and simplest pimento cheese is basically just sharp cheddar, mayo, and pimentos. Get a mouli grater and grate the cheese. Mix it with mayo and add pimentos. Mouli grater is the key. I despise cream cheese or velveeta in pimento cheese. This is simple and perfect. Eat it with crackers or toast it on a sandwich. You can’t beat it. People try to make it way more complicated than it really is.

  4. Micki says:

    I’m going to try this one. My current favorite is the freshly made pimento cheese at The Table Farmhouse Bakery in Asheboro!

  5. The best pimento cheese is at Musten & Crutchfield in Kernersville, NC Made at the store using Granny Musten’s 50+ year old recipe.

  6. Jo Piver says:

    T Phibbs I make a delicious sweet pimiento cheese.
    Use equal amounts of main ingredients. Easy to double, triple recipe, etc.
    Put all ingredients in food processor.
    4 oz. Velveta (cheese), cut it up.
    4 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese.
    4 oz. pimientos, drained. (I use chopped, but it
    doesn’t matter.)
    Add Miracle Whip or mayonnaise to suit
    consistency you want. Start with 2-3
    Tablespoons and add more if needed.
    Add 2 or 3 Tablespoons of sugar.
    Pulse, then blend.

    I make several “batches” while the blender is messy!!
    Those who want it hot can add Texas Pete or
    Tabasco, leave out sugar, etc.
    Easy and Good!!

  7. linda says:

    The Well House in Dillsboro has the very best pimento cheese!!!!

  8. T Phibbs says:

    I would like a recipe for sweet pimento cheese !

  9. Ann A says:

    The best pimento cheese in NC is found at Conrad Hinkle in Lexington.They make it in store and it is yummy!!!!!

  10. Sam says:

    Y’all are gonna cause trouble calling this the “perfect” minner cheese recipe. I know my mama’s recipe is better’n this ‘un. No diced jalapenos? And, putting VERMONT cheese in a southern recipe? Tsk, tsk…

    • Doug says:

      Vermont cheddar cheese is also known as white cheddar cheese… It’s got more to do with the flavor than where it originates from. The sharp cheddar used in pimento cheese prolly isn’t from the ‘South’ either…

    • karen says:

      oh Sam I concure 100%!, Vermont cheese… shut your mouth! ;0

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