Pimento Cheese is truly a Southern thing and it’s often called the “Caviar of the South”. Full of cheesy goodness, pimento cheese can be spread on crackers, melted on top of burgers, and used to make an amazing grilled cheese, but the most common use is to make pimento cheese sandwiches.
Pimento cheese is such a quintessential Southern food, it’s hard to find a church social, backyard barbecue, children’s birthday party, wedding or baby shower, or an afternoon tea or picnic in the South that doesn’t feature a plate full of pimento cheese sandwiches. Pimento cheese sandwiches are often served with the crust removed and cut into quarters.
In fact, pimento cheese sandwiches are one of the most popular foods among spectators at the Masters Golf Tournament, held each year in Augusta, Georgia. There was even an event coined “Pimentogate” in 2013, when the tournament officials changed food vendors and, to the chagrin of regular attendees who looked forward to these popular sandwiches every year, the recipe changed.
Like Southern Potato Salad and Mac and Cheese, there are probably as many recipes for pimento cheese spread as there are Southern cooks. And, it’s hard to find a Southern cookbook without at least one pimento cheese spread recipe. But, this recipe for Kay’s Southern Pimento Cheese Spread is my all-time favorite and I serve it all the time as an appetizer on crackers.
Kay’s recipe doesn’t use quite as much mayonnaise as most other recipes and she substitutes roasted red bell peppers for pimentos. This delicious pimento cheese has just the right amount of heat! I first had Kay’s Southern Pimento Cheese Spread at a dinner party at her home and it was love at first bite. Kay graciously agreed to share her recipe with me and I can’t wait for you to try it too!
Southern Pimento Cheese Ingredients:
Pimento Cheese Spread is really easy to make and you can whip up a batch in about 15 minutes. All you need is extra sharp cheddar cheese, extra sharp white cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, jarred roasted red peppers. ground red pepper and ground black pepper. That’s it! It couldn’t be simpler.
To make Kay’s easy Southern Pimento Cheese Spread, gather your ingredients and use a box grater or a food processor to grate the cheese.
Drain the roasted red bell pepper and mince.
Place the grated cheese, red and black pepper, minced roasted red bell pepper and mayonnaise in a medium-size bowl and mix to combine.
Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
Will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Looking for other popular recipes from the South? Check out these delicious favorites: Southern Potato Salad, Southern Pecan Praline Cake, Southern Style Crab Cakes, and Easy Classic Southern Tomato Pie. Intrigued? Check out, even more, Southern Recipes.
Kay's Southern Pimento Cheese Spread
- 5 oz extra sharp yellow cheddar cheese
- 5 oz extra sharp white cheddar cheese
- 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
- 5-6 grinds black pepper
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 roasted red bell pepper drained and minced
- Use a box grater or a food processor and grate the cheese.
- Drain the roasted red bell pepper and mince.
- Place the grated cheese, red and black pepper, minced roasted red bell pepper and mayonnaise in a medium-size bowl and mix to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
- Will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.