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Pimiento Cheese

Often called “southern caviar,” pimiento cheese is great as a spread, dip and veggie filling. Try it for grilled cheese too!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizers, Dips/Sauces/Dressings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese dip, pimiento cheese
Servings: 2 cups (approx)
Calories: 1504kcal


  • 8 oz yellow extra-sharp cheddar shredded (see NOTES)
  • 8 oz white Vermont sharp cheddar see NOTES
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup GOOD mayonnaise i.e. Hellmann's, Dukes, Best Foods, Cain's
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pimientos or jarred sweet red peppers drain them well
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper black is OK too
  • 1/8 tsp hot red pepper flakes optional


  • In a large bowl, blend the mayonnaise and the cream cheese well.
  • Add the pimientos, salt, garlic powder, pepper and pepper flakes (if using); stir well to combine.
  • Add the cheeses and stir very well to blend.


Don't use pre-shredded cheese--it won't come out right.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1504kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 137g | Saturated Fat: 65g | Cholesterol: 324mg | Sodium: 2535mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4397IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 1691mg | Iron: 3mg