How to Make Authentic Southern Pimento Cheese

Save
Grate your cheese to make pimento cheese.
Grate your cheese to make pimento cheese. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Whether you call it pimento cheese, menta cheese or “PC,” pimento cheese is a Southern delicacy. Pimento cheese made its debut in 1909 in “The Up-to-Date Sandwich Book” as a spread for sandwiches. A mixture of cheese, pimentos and mayonnaise, pimento cheese is simple enough to make that even the culinarily challenged can do it. Knowing a few authentic pimento cheese recipes will help you choose the right one for your next sandwich, cracker spread or even just to enjoy with a spoon.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic Recipe:
  • 1 1/2 cups bagged shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Food processor
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 oz. jar pimentos
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • White Cheddar Recipe:
  • 10 oz. sharp white cheddar block
  • Box grater
  • Food processor
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • One garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup pimentos
  • 1 tbsp. pimento juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Spicy Recipe:
  • 1/2 lb. block Colby cheese
  • 1/2 lb. pepper jack cheese
  • Box grater
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • Three cloves garlic
  • Large bowl
  • 4 oz. jar pimentos
  • 1 cup mayonaise
  • 1 tbsp. pimento juice
  • 1 tsp. hot smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground celery seed
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Basic Recipe

Place 1 1/2 cups bagged shredded sharp cheddar cheese in the food processor.

Add 1/2 cup mayonnaise and one 4 oz. jar of drained pimentos to the food processor bowl.

Mix the ingredients in the food processor using the pulse button. Taste the mixture and add kosher salt and pepper to taste.

White Cheddar

Grate 10 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese using a box grater. Transfer the cheese to the bowl of a food processor.

Add 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 chopped garlic clove and 1/2 cup chopped pimentos, including 1 tbsp. of the pimento juice from the jar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. If desired, add a few drops of hot sauce, to taste.

Pulse the mixture until it becomes smoother, with just a few lumps, similar to cottage cheese.

Spicy

Shred 1/2 lb. block Colby cheese and 1/2 lb. pepper jack cheese using a box grater.

Dice 1/2 of a medium red onion. Mince three cloves garlic.

Place the cheese, onion and garlic in a large bowl. Mix in a 4 oz. jar of diced pimentos, drained, 1 tbsp. pimento juice and 1 cup mayonnaise. Stir to combine.

Stir in 1 tsp. hot smoked paprika and 1/2 tsp. ground celery seed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spread the pimento cheese on two slices of bread to make a sandwich. You can grill the sandwich to make a grilled pimento cheese. Other options are to serve it on crackers or on a piece of celery or any other vegetable.
  • Store the pimento cheese in an airtight plastic storage container for up to a week.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Check It Out

13 Delicious Thanksgiving Sides That'll Make Turkey Insignificant

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!