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Pimiento Cheese Spread in a white bowl with celery sticks and crackers

Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread

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My mom’s mouth-watering Pimento Cheese Spread recipe is the ultimate in Southern comfort food. A zesty blend of two sharp cheddar cheeses, tangy pimentos, mayo and just the right amount of spice, this dip will elevate your taste buds to the next level. Whether you’re enjoying it with crackers or spreading it on a sandwich, this recipe is sure to impress your guests at your next party or gathering.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: a generous 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated yellow sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated white sharp Cheddar cheese (we like Cracker Barrel brand)
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 (2 ounce) jar chopped pimientos, drained
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Crackers and/or celery stalks


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cheeses, mayonnaise and pimientos. Mash together with a fork until well mixed. Season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.
  2. Serve with crackers and/or celery stalks.


Gluten free: Serve with gluten-free crackers.

Make ahead: The cheese spread can be made up to 1 week before serving, covered and stored in the refrigerator. I think it tastes best within the first 2 to 3 days.

  • Author: From "Fresh Tastes" by Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Quick & Easy, dips and spreads
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Southern


  • Serving Size: generous 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 205
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 354.2 mg
  • Fat: 18.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 7.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 37 mg