This is an updated Pimento Cheese recipe. It’s not drastically different, but I have combined elements of my regular Pimento Cheese and my Jalapeno Pimento Cheese to come up with new method for a super-creamy cheese spread with a delightful flavor.
I sent my Pimento Cheese recipe to a friend and as I was telling her about it, I realized that I was making it differently now than when I originally posted. When I came up with the Jalapeno Pimento cheese recipe I was trying to replicate a version of a store-bought brand. Looking at their ingredients, they included cream cheese; I thought it was a brilliant addition.
So, this version of regular pimento cheese also contains cream cheese, along with the sharp yellow and sharp white cheddar cheeses. How I mix it in is what is different. First I grate the sharp cheeses and place them in a bowl. Next, I place the cream cheese and mayonnaise in the bowl of my food processor and whip the two together. That is what makes this version so creamy.
With the addition of a four-ounce jar of diced pimientos, some garlic powder, onion powder and a titch of cayenne pepper, everything is stirred together and you are ready to eat one of the most delightful of Southern traditions: Pimento Cheese.
Eaten as a sandwich, grilled or not, scooped on vegetables or crackers, pimento cheese is quintessentially southern. And delicious. Try it!
- 8 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, grated
- 8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 1- 4 ounce jar diced pimientos
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a large bowl, place the grated cheddar cheeses.
- In the bowl of a food processor, place the cream cheese and the mayonnaise and pulse until smooth.
- Add the creamed cheese mixture to the grated cheese mixture and add the diced pimientos, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper.
- Stir to combine.
- At this point, you may add additional mayonnaise, as desired, to reach the consistency you prefer (if you want it creamier).