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Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread

A classic southern comfort food, this spread is used as an appetizer with crackers, corn chips or celery. It is also smeared between two slices of white bread for sandwiches and as a topping for hamburgers and hot dogs. —Eileen Balmer, South Bend, Indiana.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    1-1/4 cups


  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • Assorted crackers


  • Combine cheese, pimientos and mayonnaise. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 116 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • joni
    Jan 30, 2021

    Hold on to your socks! I made this and put it on Texas Toast and grill cheesed it.......wholly molly!

  • SactoFoodie
    Sep 5, 2020

    Can't rate until I make it, but the mere suggestion brings back memories of my childhood when pimento cheese came in a jar and we drank our morning orange juice out of "cheese glasses." Had to explain what I meant to my kids. We also had "jelly glasses," Flintstones being the favorites; they came with grape jelly used on our PB&J sandwiches for school lunches!

  • Jannicem
    Feb 11, 2020

    I like it as is! I didn't have crackers so I substituted Original flavor Bugles. Either way it's awesome!

  • suefalk
    Dec 10, 2019

    Yummy!!! Spread on crackers topped with toasted, chopped pecans. I spread leftovers on bread, top with sliced ham and grill. So good!

  • Mary
    Nov 3, 2019

    Fabulous base for trying new add-ins!! Celery salt is BRILLIANT!!!! Grated onion, little Pepper Jack, large jar of roasted red peppers, pimento stuffed teeny green olives....

  • Debglass11
    Jul 28, 2019

    Great pimiento cheese spread! I loved the simplicity of it. Goes well with crackers as an appetizer or slathered on bread for a sandwich. Super easy to put together, too! I made it exactly as directed. Simple and delicious! I can see adding a dash or two of hot sauce for a little heat if you like. Will definitely make again!

  • PageRD
    Jul 15, 2019

    One of my favorite spreads for crackers, sandwiches, even veggies. This is exactly how I've made it for years.

  • ydnehs
    Jul 12, 2019

    I love this spread. My mother-in-law added some diced onion to it. It goes great on sandwiches also.

  • Appy_Girl
    Apr 16, 2018

    I made up just 1/2 of this recipe for just the 2 of us.It’s everything Pimento cheese should be. Creamy, sharp and Tangy. It just needs ample chilling time. And more importantly a very Good Grade of Cheddar cheese.Hand grated cheese only no cheating by using pre shredded it will not be The Real Thing.One recipe with so many uses other then a great sandwich.TOH-VFE

  • Becky
    Apr 1, 2018

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