This pimento cheese recipe needs just four ingredients and a few minutes to prepare for a quick appetizer that is sure to please a crowd.
I sometimes say that based on my cooking style you’d think I was born in the South. I’m all about biscuits, grits, iced tea, Southern comfort foods like chicken and dumplings and pimento cheese. In a pinch I’ll buy pimento cheese that is already made but it is so much better made from scratch. My recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare and includes a surprising ingredient that you might not expect.
What is pimento cheese?
It is a simple mix of mayonnaise, shredded cheddar cheese and diced pimentos. Pimentos are sweet peppers imported from Spain. They used to be canned and the name from Spain included an “i” – pimiento. Eventually the extra i was dropped and now today we call these peppers pimentos.
Where did pimento cheese originate?
While pimento cheese is now a Southern staple, it actually originated in New York. The original version started out as a mix of cream cheese and and the canned sweet pimento peppers. These were two popular ingredients at the start of the industrial food trade back in the 1800’s. I think I much prefer the current version of pimento cheese, which is also sometimes known as Southern paté.
- I rarely use pre-shredded cheese. Freshly grated cheese, especially for simple recipes like this pimento cheese, just tastes so much better.
- This is the brand of chili garlic sauce I use.
- I store cut celery submerged in water in the refrigerator until I am ready to use it. I swear it makes the celery taste better.
- Pimento cheese is Keto friendly served with celery.
Foodtastic Mom is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Any highlighted, clickable Amazon link you see is an affiliate link that I may earn advertising fees on.
Thank you so much for being a faithful reader and supporter of Foodtastic Mom. Be sure to PIN and print this recipe!
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 4 oz jarred pimentos drained
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Can be made up to one day in advance.
More recipes with a Southern flair:
- Loaded Grits Breakfast Casserole
- Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake
- Confetti Ham Salad
- Apple Butter Glazed Pork and Grits
- Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake