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
Printable recipe with picture
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