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Piquant White Cheddar Pimento Cheese

Think 'zesty grilled cheese sandwich, mighty burger topping, and bestie atop saltines' when you think Piquant White Cheddar Pimento Cheese.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, authentic southern pimento cheese recipe, cheddar pimento spread, dairy, easy appetizer recipe, easy pimento cheese, pimento cheese, pimento cheese spread, southern pimento cheese, spicy white cheddar pimento cheese, the best southern pimento cheese, white cheddar cheese spread
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 40kcal
Cost: $0.96 per serving

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  • box grater or food processor with shred/grate attachment


Ingredients for Piquant White Cheddar Pimento Cheese

  • 1 8-ounce block aged extra sharp white cheddar cheese cold
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup jarred pimentos drained, liquid reserved IF using as an add-in
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper begin with 1/4 teaspoon and adjust to taste
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste


The Method

  • In a large mixing bowl, place the white cheddar cheese in an even layer. Scatter the cream cheese, diced pimentos, mayonnaise and cayenne over the cheddar cheese. If using any add-ins, add them now. Using the tines of a fork, mix the pimento cheese until it is smooth and spreadable, about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the pimento cheese to a jar, plastic container or bowl, cover tightly, and store in the fridge. The flavors deepen the longer the cheese has to sit. Alternatively, the cheese may be served immediately.
  • Piquant White Cheddar Pimento Cheese works well with aromatic white wines, such as a Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. If you prefer beer, reach for a golden ale or a high quality lager.


Cheese grates easiest when cold.
Make a day ahead, and the flavor improves.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.