southern pimento cheese

After spending almost the entire month of April in Texas and Mississippi, I had this urge to make pimento cheese.  I thought it would be so great for lunches, so I made the batch above and it seriously made my week.

At dinner every night, Christian and I verbally say three things we are grateful for that day, and I’m not exaggerating, one day it was for my pimento cheese.  If you’re Southern, you grew up eating your grandma’s pimento cheese on celery, on sandwiches, crackers, cheez-its, basically anything.  I hadn’t made any in years, and it is so easy!

I usually eat mine like the photo above – with crackers, some veggies and some protein.  That can be a boiled egg or a few pieces of rolled up turkey, whatever works for you.  I’ve also heard of people making pimento grilled cheese!  You can add pecans, not add the jalapeño, there really are so many ways you can make it your own.


12 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz light cream cheese
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or you could use mayo)
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
4 oz jar pimentos OR finely chopped jarred red peppers
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
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Mix cheeses and yogurt together. Add spices, jalapeños and pimentos/peppers together. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week!

If you have a unique pimento cheese recipe, I would truly love to hear.  This was a Southern gem like my Grammy’s cheese straw recipe, so I would love to hear if you plan on trying this!  Thanks so much for reading – XO –

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  1. In the Delta, my grandmother made “pimento and cheese” every Friday……sharp cheddar, diced pimento and Miracle Whip… on white sandwich bread. At Brent’s Drugstore (featured in The Help) they served it on lightly toasted white sandwich bread with a slice of tomato and lettuce. It’s like Southern chicken salad because everyone has their own variation that is The Best!!!!!

    1. Ok I love your grandmother. Every Friday! I want that tradition in my life! I think I like it even more than chicken salad but that’s just because I never met a cheese I didn’t like.

  2. Such a fun and healthier take on pimento cheese!! I’m excited to try it!

  3. I haven’t met a pimento cheese I didn’t like, but adding pecans to any recipe takes it to a whole other level!

  4. I grew up eating pimento cheese sandwiches but my friend Virginia’s mother brought it to a new level when she introduced putting a slice of tomato in my sandwich – YUM!!!

  5. All these years I thought pimento cheese was a TYPE of cheese, like goat cheese, or cheddar cheese. I didn’t realize it was essentially a dip! Clearly not Southern. But, I love dips so I feel like this would be right up my alley!

    xo Mary-Katherine

    1. @Mary-Katherine SAME girl! I always thought it was a type of cheese and the only person I knew who ate it was my Grandma Sally, who has very questionable food choices…. but a couple years ago, I re-discovered it and WOW am I a fan.

    2. NO WAY. I can totally understand that though! Girl you’re in TX now, I’m glad you have a recipe of your own! PS – you’ll have to tell me if you like it!

  6. I had no clue what pimento cheese was… Cali girl! But now that i know my goodness I am making this right away!

  7. I can’t wait to make this! Thank you! It’s so weird but every year when my family goes to the beach I obsessively eat pimento cheese on a bagel for breakfast. Because.. you know.. beach bod.

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  9. Ole Miss Chi O started serving us hot, melty pimento cheese DIP with crackers for lunch this year…I could have seriously eaten a whole pan of it. Love me some pimento cheese!!

  10. Last summer we took a little American road trip vacation. Ate and explored our way through various cities; Kansas City, Memphis, New Orleans, Nashville etc. In New Orleans we had the obligatory Beignet’s from Cafe Du Monde they were delicious BUT Then.. we went to a little farm to table restaurant in Nashville and had Pimento Cheese Beignets! They were to-die-for!! Life changing. On our drive home, my husband and I were recapping on our experiences and both agreed those pimento cheese beignets were by far the unexpected favorite! Pimento cheese has since held a special place in our hearts. I was wildly excited when I saw you were sharing your recipe! Literally can’t wait to try it! Putting it on the menu for this weekend! -Thank you! Thank you!

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