Southern Pimiento Cheese


There's one ingredient that sets our Southern Pimiento Cheese apart from the rest and gives it a true homemade taste.

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
4 cups

There's one remarkable spread that holds a treasured spot at every Southern table: the legendary pimiento cheese spread.

It's a beloved, tried-and-true dish that everyone seeks out. Whip up a batch of this creamy cheese spread, and stick it in the fridge until guests come over.

Our recipe is pretty straight forward; we use two types of cheese: sharp Cheddar and sharp white Cheddar to create this colorful cheese concoction. But there is one thing that makes our pimiento cheese stand out: the addition of dill pickle juice. Don't knock it until you try it. This tangy addition will win over even the non-pickle eaters.

It's important to use a high-quality mayonnaise to bind all of these ingredients together (our personal favorite is Duke's). This loveable spread comes together in just 10 short minutes. It's versatile enough to be served as an appetizer with crackers and celery or can be transformed into a creamy pimiento cheese sandwich.

The options are truly endless with this one-of-a-kind Southern Pimiento Cheese recipe. 

Southern Living Southern Pimento Cheese on a platter ready to serve with crackers and vegetables

Dotdash Meredith


  • 8 ounces shredded white sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup chopped roasted red peppers from a jar

  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, from 2 medium cloves

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise, such as Duke's or Hellman's

  • Salt, pepper or cayenne as desired


  1. Gather your ingredients:

    Southern Living Southern Pimento Cheese ingredients

    Dotdash Meredith

  2. Stir together the pimiento cheese:

    Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Stir again and add more mayonnaise if needed, as cheese will absorb mayonnaise during refrigeration. Add salt, pepper or cayenne if desired.

    Southern Living Southern Pimento Cheese stirred together in a bowl

    Dotdash Meredith

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