Pimento cheese is a popular southern delicacy that is creamy and slightly chunky spread or dip. It’s the perfect for veggies or your favorite cracker.
Visiting my daughter in North Carolina last summer, I was introduced to the favorite southern cheese spread known as pimento cheese. The “pate of the south” is a concoction of shredded cheese, mayonnaise, and chopped pimentos. A hankering for the creamy yet slightly chunky cheddar cheese dip with bright red pimentos and a spicy kick prompted me to create my own version of the south’s favorite spread.
Pimento cheese spread is sacred to many if not all southerners. Grocery stores in the south stock a variety of brands of the beloved spread that can also be a dip. It is served at every occasion imaginable. Found at picnics, baby showers, football tailgates, and Easter brunch. Most famously, the Masters golf tournament serves pimento cheese with carrots, celery, crackers or as a spread for finger sandwiches.
Chef cooking tips for making pimento cheese dip
My rendition of the southern classic is Piquante Pepper Cheese Dip. I combined a couple varieties of shredded cheese. I use sharp cheddar not only for the bite it adds to the taste of the dip but, also for the deep orange color. Muenster cheese adds a mellow smooth flavor reminiscent of a combination of mild cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
Mayonnaise and cream cheese act as binders as well as adding to the creamy texture. Typically the mildest of all peppers the pimento is in the cheese dip. I choose the slightly sweet, slightly spicy pickled piquante peppers also known as Peppadew peppers. Available jarred and as an offering at salad bars in grocery stores, the small red pepper is the size of a cherry tomato.
A stand mixer is my preferred method of combining the thick mixture of ingredients. A food processor or hand-held mixer will work too. I like my dip a combo of creamy and chunky. About 3 minutes is the total mixing time. To meld the flavors of the ingredients, store the dip in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
What to serve with pimento cheese
Piquante Pepper Cheese Dip is ridiculously good and easy to make. Serve as a sandwich and spread between a couple slices of bread. Sturdy dippers such as celery and carrot sticks, pretzel rods, pita chips, and wheat crackers make tasty accompaniments to the hearty dip.
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Pimento cheese is a popular southern delicacy is a creamy yet slightly chunky spread or dip. Serve with your favorite crackers, carrot or celery sticks or as a finger sandwich.
- 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 8 ounces Muenster cheese (shredded)
- ½ cup finely chopped sweet piquante peppers
- Celery sticks (carrot sticks and crackers for serving)
- In the bowl of a standing mixer or with a hand mixer, add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and pepper. Beat the ingredients until fully combined or for about 1 minute.
- Add the cheddar and Muenster cheeses and the peppers and beat for about 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Place the cheese dip in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving with celery and carrot sticks and crackers.
Serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks, pretzels, pita chips, Triscuits, or Wheat Thins.
Serve as finger sandwiches on thin slices of bread. Cut off the crusts.
- Category: appetizer
- Method: no cook
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 12
- Calories: 231
- Sugar: 1.6 g
- Sodium: 376 mg
- Fat: 18.7 g
- Saturated Fat: 10.2 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 6.1 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 10.1 g
- Cholesterol: 51 mg
Keywords: pimento cheese, cheese dip, pate of the south