Pimento cheese made from scratch is 100 times better than the stuff from the grocery store. It’s so easy to make, too!
Pimento cheese is the perfect cracker spread or on a sandwich. Make a grilled cheese, add it to a burger, stuff celery or use it as a dip! The possibilities are endless.
Here in the south, this stuff is a staple and we will eat it on almost anything. THE BEST!
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I don’t use cream cheese in my, why? Because my aunt taught me differently and I think it tames the tangy sharp cheddar taste too much.
How To Make Pimento Cheese
So grate the sharp cheddar cheese, by hand or my favorite way is with the food processor.
Mix the cheddar cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder (basically, all the ingredients) together in a bowl and refrigerate.
Keep refrigerated for at least two hours before serving.
Our favorite way to enjoy this easy homemade pimento cheese is with grilled smoked sausage and jalapeno on a saltine. This is a must try!
This was introduced to us, as an appetizer, by my sister-in-law one night while having dinner at a barbecue restaurant. Now we make it at home and as a meal.
You can serve it any way you like. You can just serve it as a pimento cheese spread, pimento cheese sandwiches. You can make a killer burger by topping it with this amazing spread.
If you’re a fan of cheddar cheese, this will go with anything. But we do recommend it with the sausage, man it’s a perfect bite!
Check out our Sausage Balls!
This is so tasty I promise you need to try it. Cool, pimento cheese, warm smoky grilled sausage with the fresh crisp flavor of jalapeno. To die for! Kick store-bought to the curb.
You can also use serrano peppers, I’m too big of a wimp for those.
Our Shrimp Salad is always a hit!
Pimento Cheese Recipe Without Cream Cheese
The Best Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 ounce jar pimentos, drained
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or more if desired)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Use a food processor or hand grate the cheese.
- In a large bowl, stir pimentos, mayonnaise, cayenne, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder until combined.
- Stir in cheeses until well blended.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.