Perky Pimento Cheese Recipe

Perky Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe Never underestimate the power of a good pimento cheese recipe. Bold and creamy pimento cheese spread is a right-of-passage here in the south.

Perfect Perky Pimento Cheese Recipe
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Southern cooks are serious cooks.

Don’t be misled by the warm hospitable smile or charming southern draw. Cooking is serious business down here.

If someone states they’ve got a great recipe for strawberry pie, you can bet it’s been passed down in the family for generations… And has possible won a blue ribbon at the county fair. I’ve never lived in a place where so many people are avid cooks with years of home training from mama, granny, and great-gran-nanny as well.

Certain dishes must be conquered with skill and finesse in order to call yourself a southern cook.

Making Perfect Perky Pimento Cheese Recipe

Hidden under a frilly toile apron, the southern cook has an arsenal of dishes that will make your head spin. Shrimp and grits, squash casserole, spiced ham, tomato pie, corn pudding, collard greens, cornbread and red velvet cake are considered the big guns.

But DO NOT, under any circumstances, forget to pack a good pimento cheese recipe in your holster.

Consider yourself warned.

Making Perky Pimento Cheese Recipe

Pimento cheese spread is the quintessential southern snack. A killer pimento cheese recipe must be thick and creamy, not runny and overly mayonnaise-y. It also needs to have a good amount of diced pimentos and a little extra something that no one can quite put their finger on.

Pimento cheese spread is fantastic on crackers, veggies, apples, sliced bread, and as a topper for baked potatoes or broccoli.

Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe

My perky pimento cheese recipe is a little spicy. The extra something I add is a nip of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. I also use a combination of Extra Sharp Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheese, instead of traditional Cheddar and Monterrey Jack.

It is important to let the pimento cheese spread sit for a while after it’s prepared to thicken and absorb all the flavors. Then set it in the middle of a crowd, put on your southern badge of honor, and watch it disappear at bullet-speed!

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

Perfect Perky Pimento Cheese Recipe
5 from 3 votes

Perky Pimento Cheese Recipe

Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Never underestimate the power of a good pimento cheese recipe. Bold and creamy pimento cheese spread is a right-of-passage here in the south!
Servings: 12


  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic (very small), minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded extra sharp cheddar (2 cups)
  • 8 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese (2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pimentos, drained
  • Pepper


  1. Place the cream cheese, garlic and onion in the food processor. Puree until smooth. Then add the mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce and puree again.

  2. Scrape the bowl and add half the shredded cheese. Pulse until well combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Add the remaining cheese, pimentos, and pepper to taste. Mix, cover, and place in the fridge. Allow the pimento cheese spread to chill and thicken for 30 minutes before serving.

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38 comments on “Perky Pimento Cheese Recipe

  1. Danielaposted February 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm Reply

    Hy , :) i’m Daniela
    great recipe and great developer… i just love your recipes
    but you’ve got to tell me please … i saw in your videoclip a mandoline slicer
    can you tell me the type or a link in a store … thank you so much
    yours , Daniela

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  4. Marilynposted March 28, 2015 at 8:49 am Reply

    What crackers did you use for this dip

  5. Marilynposted March 28, 2015 at 8:47 am Reply

    Hello from Iowa

  6. Julie Yatesposted March 28, 2015 at 12:03 am Reply

    The family is coming over tomorrow and I’m trying this out on them! It looks wonderful!

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  8. Edith @MoodyDunbarInc.posted August 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm Reply

    I love this recipe for pimiento cheese. It reminds me of the spread my father always makes. Part of my father’s (and grandfather’s) company is canning the Dromedary pimientos that are found in grocery stores all over the country. We love to see people eating pimiento cheese and using it in so many different ways! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe and southern favorite!

  9. Tammyposted June 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm Reply

    My husband just made this recipe for the first time. I have to stop and tell you that this is the BEST pimento cheese we’ve ever eaten! Thank you!!!

    • Sommerposted June 2, 2013 at 7:49 pm Reply

      Oh Thanks Tammy, That’s so nice to hear! :)

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  13. Doodlerposted May 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm Reply

    I am a pimento cheese fanatic. I am not southern. I made some for New Years Eve and it was a hit. I had some leftover and the it in sandwiches and on burgers and such. Can’t get enough of it. I definitely feel that it all depends on the cheese you use – it has to have flavorful cheeses to make it. I agree that pepper jack works really well.

  14. [email protected] lovely shore breezeposted April 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm Reply

    Born and raised in NJ, I never tasted Pimento Cheese until I made this recipe. I am sold, totally sold! Excellent.
    Oh Pimento Cheese, where have you been all my life……

  15. Sheilaposted April 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm Reply

    I love Pimento Cheese! I cant’ wait to give this a try. I always just buy it. My favorite is from Zingermans

  16. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Outposted April 20, 2012 at 9:35 am Reply

    Pimento cheese is one of my favorite things in the world! My momma’s family is from Mississippi, so even though I was raised above the Mason-Dixon line, I know exactly what you mean about southern food and cooking. Your recipe for pimento cheese has my stomach growling and it’s not even lunchtime!

  17. Jersey Girl Cooksposted April 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm Reply

    I love Pimiento cheese but have not made it myself. Not sure why. This must be the recipe to try.

  18. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted April 19, 2012 at 8:00 am Reply

    I am a huge Pimiento Cheese Fan! Looks great!!

  19. Aileenposted April 19, 2012 at 4:54 am Reply

    If only I could have a taste of this! You made it spicy, that’s why I’m sure I’m going to love it even more.

  20. Sandraposted April 19, 2012 at 4:43 am Reply

    No respectable NC gal would be caught dead without a passed-down-for-generations pimiento cheese recipe in her arsenal & yours ranks up there with some of the best! One thing we love is a grilled burger dressed with a fried green tomato & a liberal amount of homemade pimiento cheese. We also love our pimiento cheese as a grilled cheese sandwich.

  21. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted April 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm Reply

    Delightful bites! This pimiento and cheese is making me drool :)

    Gorgeous shots!

    Hugs <3

  22. Kathy - Panini Happyposted April 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm Reply

    I finally tried my first pimiento cheese a few months ago – that’s good stuff! Makes a great grilled cheese too. :-)

  23. [email protected] Todayposted April 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm Reply

    I like this flavor combination. I am always looking for new, easy appetizer spreads and this one sounds really good.

  24. danielleposted April 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm Reply

    I am definitely saving this one in my arsenal! I have my moments where for dinner I just want a crusty baguette and some dip. Man if i didnt have a weigh in tomorrow, tonight would be one of those nights!

  25. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookiesposted April 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Ooh, yum-oh! I work hard to be a celery fan, but spreadable pimento cheese just NEEDS a cracker!! This looks like a great snack to share with a crowd! Love it!

  26. Michele Gerhardposted April 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm Reply

    Fabulous! I’ve eaten a WHOLE lot of pimiento cheese in my time and have lots of pimiento cheese rescipes, but you have my undivided attention here! Craig Claiborne’s recipe has been my go-to for many years, but I have to try this! Thank you! :)

  27. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchenposted April 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Sommer, can you believe! I have never had a pimento cheese but that’s all about to change. Your photos are absolutely beautiful. How do you get such light into them?

    • Sommerposted April 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm Reply

      Your so sweet! I usually take my final shots outside because my kitchen is pretty dark. Natural light makes all the difference.

  28. NanaScrivposted April 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Ooohhhhh too wonderful! This is one of Pop’s favorite foods. He buys it ‘ready made’ if I don’t make it and this is far better than any store brand mix. I am trying it for sure.

  29. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted April 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Yum! What a wonderful spread! I love cheese and crackers together. It’s one of those snacks that makes me feel sophisticated if I have a glass of wine eith it or a kid when I have it with my ice tea. :)

  30. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted April 18, 2012 at 11:16 am Reply

    i’m almost ashamed to admit this but i never grew up with pimento cheese, in spite of my texas heritage. how sad, right?! good news is that i love cheese so it’s not like i’d have trouble finding a way to love this :)

  31. Kiri W.posted April 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Oh my – this is the kind of snack I don’t snack on, but feast on! Looks utterly fantastic :)

  32. Jen @ Juanita's Cocinaposted April 18, 2012 at 8:58 am Reply

    Hellooooooooooo my one true love! (pimento cheese)

  33. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted April 18, 2012 at 7:01 am Reply

    This is something I’ve been meaning to try for quite some time! It looks lovely.

  34. Belinda @zomppaposted April 18, 2012 at 6:40 am Reply

    Truly is! I didn’t realize it til I moved to NC how southern (and delicious) this is!

  35. Heather @girlichefposted April 18, 2012 at 6:13 am Reply

    Oh, I could eat that up right now – I’m a pimento cheese fan, for sure! I love your cracked pepper flecked through the cheese. Lovely.