The Best Southern Pimiento Cheese Recipe Ever!

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The best homemade pimiento cheese recipe--a Southern staple! | 11 Magnolia Lane
I won’t lie, after twenty years of cooking, I am getting a little burned out!  My unreasonably demanding family still likes to eat, though.

Fortunately, my husband is an amazing cook, and he’s really good at taking over kitchen duty on the weekends.  Today I’m sharing one of his best recipes (you’re welcome); homemade pimiento cheese.  We eat a batch of this almost every week; it’s my favorite for lunch and I catch my son eating it for breakfast all the time.

If you’re not from the South, then pimiento cheese might be a bit of a mystery to you.  Trust me, it’s definitely something you want to try.  Homemade is hands-down the best (dare I say, the only) way to go, and this is the best recipe I’ve ever had.

The best homemade pimiento cheese recipe--a Southern staple! | 11 Magnolia Lane
A few tips to keep in mind:  first, you absolutely must buy high quality extra sharp cheddar cheese (think deli department rather than the dairy aisle) and you must grate it yourself.  Pre-shredded cheddar is banned in our house; it’s so dry and flavorless.

Duke’s Mayonnaise is a southern favorite, but if you can’t find it where you are, Hellman’s Original is a good substitute.  Or if you have access to fresh local eggs, you can make your own mayo (SO easy and SO good!).  I can’t vouch for your results if you try to go low-fat with your mayo…but why would you?!?!

The best homemade pimiento cheese recipe--a Southern staple! | 11 Magnolia Lane
We like it best slathered on toasted sourdough bread.  A dollop on top of a hamburger is divine, too.  And, of course, if you’re a golfer, then you know that pimiento cheese sandwiches are a staple at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta (see our Masters party here).  They add a little blue cheese to theirs, but I prefer the all-cheddar version.

Be sure to pin this one for later–it’s a delicious (and different) appetizer.  Enjoy!

The best homemade pimiento cheese recipe--a Southern staple! | 11 Magnolia Lane

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  1. Christy says

    Pimiento cheese is one of my husband’s favorite Southern foods, but I’ve never made it at home. I am going to make this for him this week. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Too funny… I Just recently had this at a friend’s in Nashville, and until then, Had never heard of it. it is amazing, and I’m so excited to be able to make it! Thank you…

  3. I used to have a recipe for pimiento cheese but lost it. So glad you shared this ~ thank you! I love the inclusion of the garlic, jalapeno & pepper flakes. My kinda dish!

    xo
    Pat

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