This creamy pimento cheese recipe is easy and never fails at being the favorite appetizer! White cheddar and bacon add a twist the classic cheese spread! Serve this dip with crackers or veggies at your next gathering!
The first time I had pimento cheese was during a vacation with friends at Wilmington, North Carolina. We stopped to eat lunch at a restaurant, called Dockside. It is exactly as the name describes, a restaurant situated adjacent to a boat harbor.
I ordered a pimento cheese and bacon grilled sandwich for lunch. That in itself isn’t that big of a deal, but there was something about eating that sandwich outside watching the boats come in and out that made it taste exceptionally delicious. Pimento cheese seems to taste better dockside.
That is unless you add white cheddar cheese to your Pimento cheese dip, then it tastes good anywhere it is served!
What Is Pimento Cheese?
Pimento cheese is a southern-based cheese spread that is primarily made with jarred pimentos, shredded cheddar, and mayonnaise. There are plenty of variations on this original recipe.
What Do I Need To Make This Pimento Cheese Recipe?
White cheddar cheese
Monterey Jack cheese
How Do You Make This Pimento Cheese Recipe?
You are going to love how simple this recipe is to make!
In a large bowl, stir together, shredded white cheddar cheese, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, cooked bacon, diced pimentos, mayo, garlic salt, and Worcestershire sauce, stirring to combine. Season the cheese spread with pepper to taste.
Place the pimento cheese in a serving bowl and serve crackers, cut veggies, or toasted bread rounds!
How Long Does Pimento Cheese Last?
I would not let this cheese spread sit out for more than an hour or so because of the mayo. Refrigerate leftover pimento cheese in an airtight container. If stored properly, your cheese should last for up to two weeks.
Is Pimento Cheese Gluten-Free?
Yes! This homemade pimento cheese can be enjoyed by those watching their gluten intake. Serve this dip with gluten-free crackers or with fresh vegetables!
Is Pimento Cheese Keto Friendly?
Yes! Because of the low in carbs and high-fat content of the mayo and the cheese you can enjoy this appetizer on a keto diet!
How To Serve This Pimento Cheese Recipe?
I keep it simple and serve this dip with crackers, but as mentioned above, veggies like celery, cucumbers, zucchini, and squash rounds make excellent dippers!
You can also serve this spread bagel chips or toasted bread rounds!
If you want to really have fun, use this spread for grilled pimento cheese sandwiches! You will never go back to plain old grilled cheese sandwiches again!
Pimento Cheese Recipe Tips
I love the tangy flavor of white cheddar and the Monterey Jack cheese is there to take the flavor, you use a combo of white and regular cheddar or mix in pepper Jack, provolone or mozzarella.
I can find diced pimentos in the canned veggie aisle. If you are struggling to find them, finely diced roasted red peppers or even fresh red peppers can be used instead,
Feel free to add some heat by adding happed jalapeno peppers, green chilies or cayenne pepper!
Can You Freeze Pimento Cheese?
Yes, but you cannot serve it as a dip once it has thawed because the oil in the mayo will break down. However, you CAN stir into recipes like mac and cheese!
- 1 8 oz block white cheddar, shre3ddeed
- 1 cup jack cheese, shredded
- 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
- 4 oz drained pimentos
- ¼ cup mayo
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, stir together, shredded white cheddar cheese, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, cooked bacon, diced pimentos, mayo, garlic salt, and Worcestershire sauce, stirring to combine.
- Season the cheese spread with pepper to taste.
- Place the pimento cheese in a serving bowl and serve crackers, cut veggies, or toasted bread rounds!
Amount Per Serving Calories 125Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 25mgSodium 224mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 6g