What in the world is Pimento Cheese?
You’ve probably seen Pimento Cheese in the grocery store. It’s an odd, orange looking concoction sold in various size tubs.
Not knowing what was in it, and being turned off by the color, I had no interest in the stuff. But the love of my life loved the stuff and would bring home the pricey little tubs occasionally.
When he asked me to make it for him, I reluctantly went in search of a recipe. The one I settled on was a good basic recipe, but needed some tweaking to reach it’s full potential.
Before I go into the recipe, I’ll tell you what a pimento is.
Pimentos are cherry peppers. They are very mild, sweet, and barely spicy at all.
Now, on to the recipe!
- 4 oz Diced Pimento
- 2 C Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/2 C Mayo
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tsp Sriracha Sauce (optional)
Stir/mix all ingredients together.
Printable recipe here
I allow the cream cheese to sit out on the kitchen counter for a few hours to allow it to soften. I then cut it in 4 pieces. If you decide to stir the ingredients together by hand, you may want to work with smaller pieces for ease of mixing.
As for the Extra Sharp Cheddar, I buy blocks and shred by hand. I’ve read that pre-shredded cheese doesn’t work as well as freshly shredded.
The recipe I started with said to drain the pimentos, but I found there was so little liquid in the jar of pimentos anyways. And what little liquid there was actually makes the finished product slightly softer and easier to spread.
I use my KitchenAid Stand Mixer to mix up the ingredients.
As always I encourage you to play with your food! Test out the recipe, but don’t be scared to change the seasonings to customize it to your liking.
Pimento Cheese is great anywhere you would use plain cheese; grilled cheese, hamburgers, scrambled eggs, etc.
After making pimento cheese at home, I am now a big fan! And the love of my life doesn’t buy the store stuff anymore. He just brings home the ingredients when he wants me to make it.