Southern Pimento Cheese Spread

It’s Masters Week! That means iced tea, pecan bars and pimento cheese.

I really fell in love with pimento cheese, belive it or not, at the Lodge on WhiteFish Lake. They have a Boathouse Burger topped with ooey gooey pimento cheese that is so decadent, I only order it once or twice a year and then immediately hit the gym the next day for extra miles on the treadmill. I really prefer my pimento cheese this way. The Masters serve it scooped on simple white bread wrapped in wax paper. Simple, Southern and so good.

I studied several recipes and made a few batches to perfect my recipe: Garden & Gun, Blue Willow Inn Bible of Southern Cooking and Southern Living. You will need two cheeses- a sharp cheddar and a Monterey Jack. But- all cheddar works really well. I add in a little Worcestershire, horseradish, grated onion, cayenne for some kick, mayonnaise AND cream cheese- but just a bit. Do NOT use pre shredded cheese. It won’t be as creamy.

Try this on sandwich bread, with crackers or on your favorite hamburger.


Wrap in wax paper so you dont lose a single bit of this decadent sandwich spread
Paprika for color and cayenne for heat

Southern Pimento Cheese- makes about 1 pint

  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded white extra sharp cheddar cheese OR Monterey Jack

  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded yellow extra sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2 oz softened cream cheese

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tsp fresh horseradish

  • 1 TBSP grated onion

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • One 4 oz jar of diced pimentos, drained

Just a touch of cream cheese for extra tang

Method- Prep time 10 minutes

  • Combine all ingredients well using a rubber spatula.
  • Cover and place in the fridge to chill at least 8 hours for flavors to mix.
    Use within one week.
  • Spread on white sandwich bread, crackers or top on a grilled burger.
I add paprika for a little color

Simple white sandwich bread is all this tangy spread needs
The Classic, if you can get a ticket, will only set you back $1.50

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