A while ago I was talking to my husband about how our families celebrated Thanksgivings when we were children. We were comparing different foods we had (he is from the midwest and I grew up in the southeast) and I mentioned how my grandma always had this Homemade Pimento Cheese recipe with crackers as one of our appetizers. You can imagine my surprise when he had NO IDEA what Pimento Cheese was! Y’all, I have failed my husband because apparently, I have been neglecting to share with him all these years! I immediately whipped up a batch and he, of course, loved it!
This recipe is based on one that a reader (hi Patti!!!) left in the comments on this Chicken Salad Recipe I posted in 2016. I made a few changes based on what I had around the house the first time I tried it and it turned out beautifully! I used Peri Peri sauce in my recipe but if you don’t have any on hand you can substitute and use regular hot sauce like in Patti’s original version. It’s one of those recipes that’s very forgiving of variations.
Give it a try and be sure to let me know what you think, it serves up beautifully on butter crackers with a Bourbon Arnold Plamer cocktail when you’re entertaining as well!Print
Homemade Pimento Cheese
Homemade Pimento Cheese is a classic Southern dip recipe that is a staple in any recipe box. Super easy to make and ready in just ten minutes!
- Prep Time: 10
- Total Time: 10
- Yield: 16
- Category: appetizer
- Method: none
- Cuisine: American
16 oz Cheddar Cheese, sharp, grated
8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
½ cup mayonnaise
4 oz can pimentos, with liquid
1½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon Peri Peri Sauce
In a mixer combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and pimentos with liquid until combined. Add peri peri sauce, salt and pepper. Stir in cream cheese and grated cheese until just blended. Refrigerate until serving.
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Like I mentioned, we always had this appetizer on Thanksgiving. For more of my Thanksgiving recipes see below:
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