Southern Pimento Cheese

I don’t like sweet tea.  I don’t like fried okra, pickles, or squash.  I don’t like tomatoes (unless they’re green and fried). I don’t love Cheerwine.  But you know one thing this Southern Belle can’t resist? A good pimento cheese. It can’t be uber-mayonaisy.  Why? Well, when I was little, I liked mayo a little too much.  I ate it out of the jar and packets all the time.  Yeah, I was a chunky kid with high cholesterol. I ate so much of it I got sick of it. So that, my friends, is why I don’t like mayonnaise any more. Anyway…back to my Pimento Cheese story.  There are a few places places that I have had jaw dropping bomb dot com Pimento Cheese: The Veranda Café in Black Mountain, NC, Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin, TN, and The Henpeck Market in Franklin, TN.  Recently, I decided it was time to be a real, grownup Southern Belle and make my OWN Pimento Cheese.  On my search for the perfect recipe, I landed in the right family: The Deen Family.  This is Paula’s son, Bobby’s recipe.  (I say that like I know them personally.  I feel like I do from watching their shows.)  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  In a couple weeks, I’m going to give you another recipe that uses this, which will blow your mind.  Just you wait!

Southern Pimento Cheese

Reach For:

3 oz cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup shredded Cheddar

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack

¼-1/2 cup mayo

1/8 tsp garlic salt

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 tsp minced onion

2-3 TBSP pimentos, smashed


In an electric mixer, begin to beat cream cheese until it reaches a lighter consistency; gradually add remaining ingredients until well mixed.  Spread on a two pieces of bread to make a sandwich or serve as an appetizer with crackers and veggies.


4-6 Servings

Recipe Source:

Slightly Adapted From Food Network | Bobby Deen



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