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Pimento Cheese Spread

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Texas takes its dips and chips very seriously, and this recipe is one that will please everyone. Pimento cheese is a common food preparation in the Southern United States, a spread or relish made with cheese. It is affectionately known as “The caviar of the South.” The basic recipe has few ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese or processed cheese (such as Velveeta or American cheese), mayonnaise, pimentos, salt and pepper, blended to either a smooth or chunky paste. Enjoy with a glass of sweet tea and you are set!

Pimento Cheese Spread

Created by: Diana Poulin – Pinehurst, TX

Placement: 1st Place – 2014 Cooking with Cheese Contest


  • 12 oz. extra sharp white cheddar, grated
  • ¼ c. grated extra-sharp yellow cheddar
  • 1 (7 oz) jar pimentos, drained & finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¾ c. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. onion powder


Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Refrigerate 2 hours. Serve with premium crackers or in celery.

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