Monday, January 5, 2015

A New Englander Attempts Pimento Cheese Spread

So, here's the recipe I wanted to get up here before the holidays, because it makes an excellent side dish or appetizer, and it's super easy to put together! Aside from the pimentos, I typically have all these things in the house, too.

But... you all know how the holidays go. Craziness. I was able to get my HEB Joyville Progressive Holiday Dinner post up, and then with the preparations to drive across the country to be back in Massachusetts for the holidays, I wasn't able to do much else. Plus I lost the initial pictures I took of this deliciousness so I had to start from scratch.

Enough excuses. One of my many, many new year's resolutions is to focus more on the blog. Now that I FINALLY HAVE MY CAMERA BACK this should be easier to accomplish in the new year. New, better photos and recipes. Wait and see, should be a good time.

Anyways. Pimento cheese was something totally new to me, as a New Englander during her first year in Texas. When I first tested this recipe, I simply threw in the ingredients I found on the Wikipedia page (yes, pimento spread has it's own Wikipedia page) and hoped for the best. It was tasty... but did it pass the test? I brought in the results to my coworkers and my desk-mate, a true Texan, said it was the best Pimento cheese he's ever had!

So I guess I did it right the first time ;)

As I said, this is the perfect appetizer for any gathering. Add a bit more mayo and cream cheese to make a dip, or a bit more cheese to make a cheeseball, or leave as-is for a spreadable cracker snack. The possibilities are truly endless!

Pimento Cheese Spread
(Adapted loosely from Wikipedia)

  • 1 8oz bag sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 8oz bag colby jack cheese
  • 1 oz brick cream cheese (I used neufchantel)
  • 2/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 4oz jar pimento peppers, drained and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced small
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

*keep a bit extra cheddar cheese on hand in case cheese mixture gets too soft*

-In a stand mixer fixed with a paddle attachment, combine all ingredients. Stir until well combined, adding more cheese or mayo to desired consistency (I like mine with a bit more cheese). Taste, adding more seasonings as desired


  1. I didn't know this was a texas thing! I've been making something similar (minus the mayo, plus a little pickle juice) and using it to make grilled cheese sandwiches for years. Glad to know where one of my fav lunches comes from :-D

  2. Yum!! I just saw someone make this on TV (I cannot for the life of me remember who know) and immediately started craving it. This looks lovely!


    1. I love that you just used the word WICKED in your comment. :-) This does look wicked good and it has become an obsession of mine since moving south!

  3. Sounds excellent Ashley! The photos look great! I have the same bowl and love it too! Keep posting girl!!

  4. I wish I had seen your recipe earlier, I tried another pimento cheese recipe over the holidays and was so disappointed! Yours looks like it has tons of flavor, excellent!

    1. Thanks! My Texan friend says it's the best he's had... so I think that's saying something ;)

  5. So easy to make and looks so delicious!

  6. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try this!

  7. This looks great! I could totally go for this at a football party! Yum!