pimento cheese

the peanut butter of the south.& just like peanut butter, pimento cheese can be eaten a ton of different ways: spread on crackers, sandwiched between 2 slices of white bread for a traditional sandwich, served cold as a dip, served warm as a dip, grilled between 2 slices of whole grain bread as an awesome version of grilled cheese, scooped on top of a burger, made even better if that burger has a fried green tomato.

i love, love, luuuuuuuuuuuv this stuff, yet we never have it in our house.


i can’t be trusted.  i will eat every. last. bit. & i wish that was an exaggeration.  the other half of this household is able to exercise more self control.

yeah, you can pony up $3+ for a small, already prepared tub, but when you hoss it down like i do, it’s not really cost effective, considering you can make about twice as much on your own, for around the same price.  plus, there is something called “imitation salad cheese” lurking in some brands of prepared pimento cheese.  do you know what that is?  yeah.  me either.

the following recipe contains only real cheese & by making this yourself, you can adjust the texture by increasing or decreasing the wet ingredients to suit your needs.

makes 1lb

16oz grated sharp cheddar cheese (for a smoother texture, grate your own.  for more defined texture, use thick preshredded.)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/4-1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2-1 jalapeno, seeded & minced
1 4oz jar diced pimentos, with the liquid

1.  add shredded cheese to a medium bowl.  set aside.  in a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, cayenne, jalapeno, pimentos & their juice.  stir to combine, taste & adjust seasoning.

2.  add the wet ingredients to the medium bowl with grated cheese & stir to combine.

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8 Responses to pimento cheese

  1. Elizabeth says:

    It must be a southern girl thing, I can down an entire tub of that stuff in 1 sitting. No joke. I’ve never tried making my own, so I’ll have to give it a try. I will say, I’m so thankful I’m not the only one out there with a love of some cheese 🙂

  2. Christina says:

    Yum, this sounds so good! I definitely would not be able to be trusted with this. I am pretty much not trusted with any cheese product.

  3. Hey Kathleen, I’m so sorry again to hear about Rusty.

    I just wrote a post linking to some of your recipes, hope that you have a better day tomorrow for the Super Bowl.

    Let me know if there is anything that you need!

  4. I’ve never had it…is that weird?

  5. Ava says:

    I was wondering if you were going to put this recipe on. My husband LOVES pimento cheese. Maybe I will make him some for Father’s Day. Me…I’ll pass! I think it is the fact there is mayo in it!

    • mrs. lusher says:

      hope he enjoys it! you should give it a taste, too…i don’t think it tastes over mayonnaisey.

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