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

Pimiento Cheese

This Southern staple is easy to make and incredibly addictive!

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Author 11 Magnolia Lane


  • 16 oz high quality extra sharp cheddar cheese (buy a block and grate by hand)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (cubed)
  • 4 oz jar of pimientos (with the oil they're packed in)
  • 1/2 c mayo (we prefer Duke's)
  • 1/4 t onion powder
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeƱo pepper, seeds removed, finely minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes


  1. Grate cheddar and cube cream cheese.

  2. Put all ingredients into bowl of stand mixer, and using paddle attachment, mix until well combined.

  3. Add a little more mayo if you like your cheese creamier/wetter. Adjust seasonings based on taste and heat preference.

  4. Optional: add 1-2 T. of crumbled bleu cheese.

  5. Store in refrigerator.