Classic Pimento Cheese


      • 4 ouncescream cheese

      • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

      • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese (finely grated)

      • 1 cup roasted red bell pepper, pureed (or substitute a 8-oz. of jarred pimentos)

      • 1 large clove garlic, finely grated (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)

      • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

      • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

      • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

      • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

      • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

      • 1/4 teaspoon salt

      • Optional mix-ins. Add a few tablespoons minced fresh onion, a chopped green jalapeo, a scoop of sweet pickle relish or minced dill peppers, finely chopped olives, chopped toasted pecans, herbs, curry powder, or celery seed.


      1. Mix the mayo and cream cheese together in a bowl with a fork until thoroughly blended.

      2. Add cheddar cheese and mix well.

      3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Taste and adjust flavorings as you see fit.

      4. Chill for a few hours to let the flavors marry. Set out about 15 minutes before serving so it will soften a bit.