Southern Pimento Cheese

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This is an easy recipe for classic Southern Pimento Cheese.

Southern Pimento Cheese spread - recipe from

I wasn’t sure what to think about this recipe.  I’m not Southern.  And I don’t necessarily think very highly of pimentos either!  But who can resist a Southern recipe?  I’m always up for trying new things, so my gut told me that I just might enjoy this one.

Add a Pinch cookbook by Robyn Stone

The recipe comes from a brand-new cookbook by Robyn Stone:  Add a Pinch: Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics.  Robyn shares Southern recipes on her popular blog Add a Pinch, and she has been a sweet friend of mine for years now.  This new cookbook of hers is gorgeous!

The book is referred to as the new Southern cooking handbook- one that highlights convenient, quick Southern recipes that utilize fresh ingredients.  Here are a few recipes that have caught my eye for making later:  Olive and Bacon Deviled Eggs, Black Eyed Pea Hummus, Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Creole Shrimp and Grits, Brisket with Tomato Gravy, Jambalaya, Sausage and Grits Casserole, Grandmother Earlene’s Creamed Corn, Southern Butter Beans, Grilled Watermelon and Peach Salad, Apple Raisin Slaw, Sausage and Cheddar Spoon Bread, Strawberry Shortcakes with Sweet Cream Cheese Biscuits and Lulu Belle’s Lemon Meringue Pie.  This is a book that you will want for your cookbook collection- especially if you like to collect regional-type books like I do!

Southern Pimento Cheese spread - recipe from

This iconic Southern spread is really great with celery and crackers- that’s how I served it.

Southern Pimento Cheese spread - recipe from

Robyn suggests also trying it as a condiment spread on a BLT sandwich.  That’s what we’ll be doing with our leftovers!

The verdict:  this Southern Pimento Cheese was much loved by all of my taste testers.

Visit my son Brooks at to check out another recipe from the Add a Pinch cookbook.  He made Robyn’s awesome Georgia Peach Crisp!!

Southern Pimento Cheese

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

  • One 8-ounce block of sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
  • One 8-ounce block of mild Cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • One 4-ounce jar diced pimentos, drained with 2 tablespoons liquid reserved
  • sprinkle of kosher salt, freshly ground pepper and garlic powder
  1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the cheddar cheeses, cream cheese, mayonnaise, yogurt, and liquid from the pimentos until creamy and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Stir in the pimentos and seasoning.
  2. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • Serving suggestions:  serve with crackers and celery as an appetizer, or spread on a slice of bread for an open-faced BLT sandwich.
SOURCE: (adapted barely from Add a Pinch by Robyn Stone)

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  • jeanine wrote:

    another use is to make grilled cheese sandwich with this spread-i do that with pimento cheese spread and is good !

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sounds great!

  • Katherine wrote:

    Wow, I haven’t had pimento cheese in forever! Now I’m wanting some. Looks great!

  • Mitchell Webster wrote:

    I was kind of afraid to look at the recipe, as even though I am in Virginia (not north, not south) we never know what we are considered! LOL Usually when a recipe says Southern it has a cup of sugar in it. (we will not talk here about “Sweet Tea” and traveling away from Virginia in to the deep south., been there done that with “sweet tea”

    Your recipe is very close to what we have always made here at home, often we have substituted roasted red peppers for the pimentos. Great blog post! 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Robyn will be happy to hear you approve! 🙂

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch wrote:

    I’m so happy you enjoyed this, Lori! You are such a sweet friend and I appreciate you sharing this from my cookbook! Your photos are so gorgeous!
    This is so delicious served with crackers, celery or on a sandwich…oh so good! I hope you like the rest of the recipes in the book as much as my family does!
    Thanks so much, Lori!
    Robyn xo

  • Teresa wrote:

    This looks so good. I love pimento cheese, and will have to try. I saw on your son’s blog that you are moving to AZ, wow. I hope you tell us about it. Meanwhile, I would love to airlift that new bathroom of yours to my house. LOL!