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Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

Just four ingredients to make this easy pimento cheese recipe!  All you need is cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, and the SECRET ingredient…

Bowl of easy pimento cheese recipe made with cheddar cheese, pimento peppers, mayonnaise, and sugar

Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

I was too lazy to make my own pimento cheese.  I know, I know: I should have my southerner card revoked immediately.  Truth be told, it wasn’t so much laziness as it was busy-ness.  I was so busy with my secret project that I resorted to store-bought pimento cheese at $7.99 a pop.  Ouch.  Once my secret project was done, I took the time to perfect my pimento cheese recipe. 

What’s the secret project, you say?  Well, I wrote a book—only this time, it wasn’t a cookbook.  I wrote a novel called Roller Coaster Romance.  It’s a sweet romance set in a theme park, and you can read some of it right here in this preview.

Anyway, I’ve been making this pimento cheese a lot lately.  Having it on toast.  Spreading it on tortilla chips.  One morning, I made a pimento cheese and egg sandwich on a whole-grain English muffin.  Now that’s good eating right there.

The secret to this pimento cheese is… a bit of sugar.   That’s right.  I couldn’t figure out why my pimento cheese didn’t taste as smooth and mellow as that store-bought brand until I took a close look at their ingredients.  Sugar!  And it only takes a teeny-tiny bit.  Just a little pinch.  Smooths out all the rough edges and makes it taste perfect.

Be sure to check out Roller Coaster Romance!

Bowl of easy pimento cheese recipe made with cheddar cheese, pimento peppers, mayonnaise, and sugar
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Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

Just four ingredients to make this easy pimento cheese recipe!  All you need is cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, and the SECRET ingredient.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, American Southern
Keyword cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 279 kcal
Author Katie Moseman

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese see note
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons jarred pimento peppers
  • 1 pinch granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut the cheese into 8 pieces and pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. You can chop the cheese by hand if you don't have a food processor.

  2. Place chopped cheese in a mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise, pimentos, and a pinch of granulated sugar. Mix well. Taste. The pimento cheese should taste mellow, not too sharp. If it tastes too sharp, sprinkle in another pinch of sugar, then mix and taste again.

  3. Transfer the pimento cheese to a container. Press it down very firmly to pack it into the container. Cover with an airtight lid or wrap tightly with plastic wrap, then refrigerate. The pimento cheese can be enjoyed immediately, or allowed to rest for 1 hour for optimal consistency.

Recipe Notes

For the cheddar cheese, avoid using pre-shredded cheese instead of block cheese.  If you use pre-shredded cheese, the finished cheese spread will be looser and will not hold together as well.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 398mg17%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 767IU15%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 409mg41%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Love pimento cheese?  Try grilled pimento cheese, pimento cheeseburgers, and pimento cheese rice!

 
Recipe Rating




Laurel

Sunday 12th of January 2020

This sounds so yummy and I cannot wait to try it! I love pimento cheese and have never attempted to make it, but your recipe makes it sound so easy!

Terri Beavers

Saturday 21st of December 2019

I love homemade pimento cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches. And it's been way too long since I've had one. I'll try your recipe with sugar when I make some.

Lynndee

Saturday 21st of December 2019

I was actually thinking about buying pimiento cheese at the supermarket yesterday. I didn't get one because I always think homemade is better. Thanks for the recipe

Mama Maggie's Kitchen

Saturday 21st of December 2019

Yum! This Pimento Cheese looks delicious. I really love cheese in everything. This will be my new favorite.

Terri Steffes

Friday 20th of December 2019

My daughter was the first person I knew to make their own pimento cheese. I remember being so impressed! It was delicious and I have been a fan ever since.