Pimento Cheese

Hi! I'm Lucy!

I'm a home cook, writer, food and wine fanatic, and recipe developer. I've created and tested hundreds of recipes so that I can bring you the best tried and true favorites.

Why I love this Recipe!

Pimento Cheese recipe that's classic and simple with just grated Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, and cayenne pepper. It's easy to make and great as either a dip or for sandwiches!

Two 8 oz. blocks extra sharp Cheddar cheese — I like Cabot or Cracker Barrel brandOne 4 oz. jar diced pimentos, drained½ - ¾ cup mayonnaise — Duke's mayonnaise is my preferred brand - amount depends on how creamy you like it½ - 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper — my default is 1 teaspoon, but that's a little spicy for some people½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients You'll Need:

To start, take cold Cheddar and grate in the food processor. Alternatively, you can grate some on the small side of the handheld grater and some on the large side until you have a bowl full.

Place grated cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, cayenne pepper, and a little freshly ground black pepper in large bowl of a stand mixer. No salt as the cheese is usually salty enough by itself. Starting on low, mix for a minute just to blend and then turn mixer to medium-high to mix well and incorporate all the ingredients. Should take 2-3 minutes. Mix everything together until it's smooth and creamy. And taste. This is the most important part.