Pimiento Cheese


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Pimiento Cheese and vegetables in white bowls

I blinked and two weeks went by.  How does that happen?

It’s been that great time of year in Bangkok when the weather actually starts to have a hint of coolness to it. There have been new restaurants to try (a dinner last week of 25 mini dishes of tapas – what!?), new projects at work, and lots of looking forward to visitors we have coming in November.

cheese and pimientos on a marble countertop

But I can’t say I’ve been doing all that much in this two weeks of blog silence.  I filled my tiny freezer with these bagels (my arms still hurt from all that kneading) and Frank’s been making lots of dinners (including his chicken piccata which is SO good).

And then there was one day when we had Pimiento Cheese and vegetables for lunch.

cubed cheese in a food processor

To be honest, I don’t recall when I’d ever had this tart, creamy spread before making it myself.  But in recent months it has become one of those recipes that I fixate on as an expat.  When living overseas, I find that lone thing that I cannot have and crave it.  When I lived in Romania I wanted boxed mac and cheese all. the. time.  Fortunately my friend Kristin sent it in care packages often enough to feed my addiction for a year.

I’ve been seeing pictures of pimiento cheese sandwiches (this Pimento Cheese BLT was at the top of the list) and realized that if I could track down a jar of pimientos, I could make the cheese in about 5 minutes.  So I did my usual circuit of fancy, imported-ingredient grocery stores in town, got my hands on a jar, and promptly made a batch the next weekend.  It was so satisfying!  The spread is definitely rich, but great with crisp vegetables. I especially loved it with those tart radishes.

Pimiento Cheese in a small white bowl

 Now, anyone want to weigh in on this whole pimiento vs. pimento thing?  Southern Living used that extra “i”, so that seemed a safe bet.

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Pimento Cheese

A southern classic - this tangy, spreadable cheese is great with vegetables or crackers and makes a serious grilled cheese sandwich.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 20


  • 1 (8-oz.) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 (8-oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
  • 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


  • In a food processor, pulse the cheese cubes and pimiento until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce. Refrigerate for up to a week.


Recipe adapted from Southern Living.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. My dad would love this! He use to force me to eat pimento cheese all the time when I was a kid. As a grown up I have learned to like it- but it was a little to weird for 6yr old me to have pimento cheese sandwiches for lunch 🙂 boxed mac & cheese was my cheese-food of choice during those days…

  2. I’m intrigued by pimiento cheese, having heard about it a lot but never tried it! I can see how it would pair well with some crisp vegetables.
    And time really does fly – it’s good to take it easy a bit and just live life. : )

  3. wait till you try this stuffed into burgers!
    living in massachusetts, you never anything pimiento!

  4. Sounds delicious Jess! I love all things cheese related so this is my kind of dip. And it’s so simple too, love it!

  5. Ever since we moved to North Carolina I now see pimiento cheese things everywhere! I had never had it before that… my husband’s personal favorite is when it’s fried in little balls. Yup, those are pretty good : )