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The Masters Pimento Cheese

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Me and pimiento cheese go way back.  Although Mom fed us a very healthy diet growing up, cheese (and butter, thank God) was always present in our house and to this day, my favorite food in the whole world is a cheddar cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and onion.  Mom would occasionally indulge in one of her favorite treats and buy a tub of pimiento cheese, and I was always more than OK with that.

But there’s quite a difference between store bought and homemade!  I didn’t try making it at home until a few years ago, and haven’t looked back.  I used to follow a Paula Deen recipe that’s quite good, but I have now found an even better recipe.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s the BEST, or at least the best I’ve tried.

This one includes Parmesan cheese, which I never would have thought to put in pimiento cheese, but it makes it so good!  You just gotta try it.

The Masters Pimento Cheese

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1/4 cup (2 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (4 oz) mayonnaise
1/2 cup (4 oz) sour cream
1/8 tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp minced dried onion
2 cups (8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (1 ½ oz) shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (4 oz) jar diced pimientos, drained
Salt to taste (I don’t use any)

Using a mixer, whip the cream cheese until creamy, then beat in the remaining ingredients.  Beating them will help break down the cheese and pimientos.

Veronica’s note: I used reduced fat cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream and you couldn’t tell – it was so good.

Recipe source: adapted from Plain Chicken

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I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

27 responses »

  1. thebetterbaker11

    OOOOOO – I have always LOVED pimento cheese – think I’ve only made it once ever though, but that’s about to change. Your sandwich looks sooo inviting, and I must try it soon. Adding to my grocery list to get what I need today to make this soon. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’m also going to try this – it sounds delicious.

  3. I can’t wait to try this pimento cheese recipe! Going to make your egg salad recipe today!!!!
    THANK YOU!!!!!! :)

  4. My Aunt Martha makes the best pimento cheese I’ve ever had – she shreds super sharp cheddar cheese and mixes everything by hand – so fricken good! I’ll have to make this for Tony – he loves this so much but I never think to make it for him.

    Happy Friday V!

  5. It looks delish. I bet it would be good with veggies also. Thanks

  6. It’s so funny but I never had pimento cheese until moving south 30 years ago. And it didn’t really grow on me till recently. I had it for lunch today, so good if it’s done right. This looks so right :)

  7. I love pimento cheese, it is sooo good! I make one with puff pastry and you cut it into pinwheels and bake it. Yum! I like the addition of the parmesan in this recipe.

  8. I’m glad to hear that someone else liked pimento cheese as a kid as much as I did! This looks delicious and I needed a reminder about this great idea for lunch. Thanks Veronica!

  9. I have only had pimento a couple of times and really liked it. I never even thought to try and make it myself either, I know Tom would love it. The sandwich looks so tasty.

  10. I’ve never had homemade pimiento cheese. I will have to try this one! It looks super easy and delish!

  11. Reblogged this on driggers9 and commented:
    Here is a good recipe that i love cortsey of veronica’s cornucopa.

  12. Call me crazy but I have never had pimento cheese! DAMN I must try this soon, it does look very delicious!

  13. My childhood was sadly bereft of pimiento cheese. I should definitely make up for last time with this homemade version!!

  14. I always appreciate a good pimento cheese…I love it grilled with green tomatoes…YUM!

  15. i haven’t liked pimento cheese until recently- but i totally want to make this. yum!

  16. I’ve never tried pimento cheese in my life! Now I know I need to. Adding to my list of recipes to try!!

  17. Thinking I’m craving some pimento cheese and remembered your recipe. Looks delish!


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