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Pimento Cheese

Many people raised in the South keep this indulgent spread at the ready for an afternoon snack.

Pimento Cheese

Photography: Kate Mathis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2013


  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded sharp yellow cheddar
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded mild white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup of chopped pimento
  • 1 tablespoon of pimento juice
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Celery sticks or crackers, for serving


  1. Combine yellow and white cheddar, mayonnaise, pimento, and pimento juice, plus cayenne pepper, salt, and freshly ground pepper to taste, in a bowl. Stir until well mixed and serve with celery sticks or crackers.

Cook's Note

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Reviews (1)

  • sazerac 29 Jul, 2014

    How I love pimento cheese! I'd eat the occasional pimento cheese sandwich for lunch as a kid. I think the recipe is spot on, but I'd recommend not seasoning it with more salt, since the cheeses and pimento juice are salty enough. Also, next time I'll dump it all in the food processor to blend because I remember my sandwiches being a bit smoother. The ultimate comfort food!

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