Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe: Better Than MeeMaw’s

May 6, 2020
Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

Hey, y’all! Pimento cheese is sometimes referred to as the “pâté of the south” and/or the “caviar of the South”. While it is certainly both of those things, it is also – simply put – my favorite food. As such, I’m excited to share the most popular dish that comes out of my kitchen (hands down!) with you today: my Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe! I always joke that it’s “Better Than MeeMaw’s” — but don’t tell her that… she’ll be awfully offended!

This post was updated on 4/20/21.

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

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Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

Southern Pimento Cheese

JC Phelps
There are few foods that are more quintessentially southern than pimento cheese. With the addition of three cheeses and grated onion, mine is easy-to-make and chock-full of flavor. Please enjoy my Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe!
5 from 35 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 238 kcal


  • 1 c Monterey Jack shredded/freshly grated
  • 1 c Sharp Cheddar shredded/freshly grated
  • 1 c Parmesan Cheese shredded/freshly grated
  • 3/4 c Mayonnaise
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 6 tbsp Diced Pimentos
  • 4 tbsp Vidalia Onion grated
  • Garlic Powder to taste
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Hot Sauce to taste/optional


  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix until well-incorporated. I typically make mine in my stand mixer!
  • Add more kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to your desired taste. If the pimento cheese is too thick, slowly add more mayonnaise. Add hot sauce for a little kick.
  • Serve on a croissant or artisan bread with lettuce.
  • Enjoy!


Sodium: 372mgCalcium: 247mgVitamin C: 8mgVitamin A: 567IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 56mgCholesterol: 39mgCalories: 238kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 9gFat: 22gProtein: 8gCarbohydrates: 2gIron: 1mg
Keyword appetizers, cheese, party food, pimento cheese, pimento cheese recipe, southern, southern recipes
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Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

About Pimento Cheese & The Mayonnaise Debate

According to Southern Kitchen, “the earliest home recipes were a mix of grated hoop or “rat” cheese, the cheddar-type sold at country stores, along with canned pimento peppers and mayonnaise, either homemade or one of the new store brands. There was Hellman’s, born in 1905 and popular in much of the upper South, specifically Kentucky and Tennessee. Duke’s was the regional brand of South Carolina. In fact, founder Eugenia Duke sold pimento cheese sandwiches to soldiers at Camp Sevier near Greenville, South Carolina, before she sold her mayonnaise in 1917.”

JC’s note: While I am from the upper South (Kentucky), I am team Duke’s. Duke’s is the “southerner’s mayonnaise” and I find both the taste and the quality to be exemplary.

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My best,


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