Pimento Cheese Recipe

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This classic Southern Pimento Cheese is sure to be the hit of your next party.  To take it over the top, serve in little steamed red potatoes.


  • 1 box (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayo (preferably Duke’s)
  • 1 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon mirin (optional)
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimentos drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a stand mixer, using a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and mayo until smooth and creamy.  Add the cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and mirin (optional); beat just until blended. Stir in pimentos.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Refrigerate until 30 minutes prior to serving.


  • For optimal texture and flavor, use an electric mixer or spoon to combine. A food processor is not recommended, as you want the spread to retain most of its texture.
  • You can substitute roasted red pepper for the pimentos.
  • Use real mayo for this recipe. Dukes is by far my favorite.
  • Store this spread in the refrigerator. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

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