Pimento Cheese Recipe

Here's a clean recipe for the childhood favorite, pimento cheese, using real cheese and homemade mayo.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • 1 cup white cheddar
  • 1 cup sharp orange cheddar
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise, homemade is best
  • 1/2 teaspoons of a fresh cayenne pepper, or 1/8 tsp dried cayenne pepper
  • 7 ounce jar of pimentos
  • cucumbers, radishes or sliced baguette to serve


  • Prepare homemade mayonnaise if using.
  • Finely grate cheeses into a large bowl. Stir in pimentos, black pepper, cayenne, and salt to taste with a fork. Then stir in mayonnaise, mashing mixture with fork until relatively smooth.
  • Scrape spread into a crock or jar and chill, covered, at least 2 hours to allow flavors to develop.
  • Serve pimento cheese over sliced cucumbers, radishes or on sliced baguette.
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