Tap into your Southern side with our favorite pimiento cheese recipe. This gooey, cheesy spread is considered a Southern pantry staple, but its origins actually lie in the North. Regardless, the spicy blend is still a creamy and delicious condiment that Southerners hold sacred. Most pimiento cheese recipes call for grated cheddar combined with diced pimientos, mayonnaise, red pepper, various seasonings, and one surprise ingredient. Pimiento cheese will add a Southern touch to most dishes beyond appetizers, including mac and cheese, deviled eggs, burgers, stuffed fried chicken, and even cookies. Yes, sweet and savory cookies! Still, we think you’d agree that the best ways to enjoy pimiento cheese is slathered on two slices of bread as a tasty sandwich filling, spread atop crisp and buttery crackers, or melted as a grilled cheese sandwich and panini press. Also, this top-rated pimiento cheese is great to serve as a dip to eat with celery sticks. If you want to add even more variety, stir in an unexpected ingredient like Worcestershire sauce and chopped pecans, which add an incredible flavor and texture.
You can make this crowd-pleasing cheese spread in minutes—but every step counts, so no fudging! Start by making the mayo mixture, stirring together mayonnaise, diced pimiento, Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, and ground red pepper until blended. Unless you have a nut allergy, toast the pecans (if you prefer) to bring out their rich flavor. Bake pecans in a shallow pan in a single layer for 8 to 10 minutes until toasted and fragrant. Because texture matters, shred fresh extra-sharp Cheddar cheese with a box grater, using the small side. Then use the large side of the grater to coarsely shred sharp Cheddar cheese. Finally, stir together and enjoy, adding pecans and shredded cheeses until completely blended. If, surprisingly, your guests don’t gobble it up in one sitting, this recipe can be stored up to one week in the refrigerator.