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2 Southern Pimiento Cheese Recipes and 7 Recipes that use Pimiento Cheese


Pimiento cheese is a classic Southern snack. It’s a favorite in many houses because it’s easy to make, delicious to eat, and so versatile that it can be used in a variety of dishes to add a little Southern flair!

Pimiento cheese is a real crowd-pleaser. It’s low carb and vegetarian, which means it can feed a wide array of people, and there are a million ways to make it to suit your own specific tastes. Plus, it’s great for beginners to make because you truly can’t mess it up. If you add too much of one ingredient, it’s easy to balance it out by adding more of some of the other ingredients! This isn’t baking, after all, so it’s not an exact science!

One tip Paula always gives when sharing with her friends how to make classic Southern pimiento cheese is that it tends to dry out in the refrigerator. So if she makes too much and leftovers end up in the fridge, she adds a little more mayonnaise once it’s out of the refrigerator and she’s ready to serve it up again.

While pimiento cheese is great on its own, served with crackers, pretzel crisps, or some crunchy bread, it can also jazz up an omelet, top any burger, or even be added to your deviled eggs for a real Southern treat. Of course, one of the most classic ways that Southerners enjoy it is on soft white bread with some lettuce and tomato.

Now that we’ve sold you on why Southerners love pimiento cheese, it’s time to get cooking, isn’t it? Before you start using pimiento cheese in your recipes, you need to learn to make it! We recommend starting with this Pimiento Cheese recipe that Bobby made during the Deen Family’s Bag Lady days. After all, Paula will surely tell you that Bobby makes better pimiento cheese than anyone she knows. Of course, if you’re looking for a lightened up version, this lighter pimiento cheese recipe from Paula Deen Cuts the Fat is a great option!

What do y’all enjoy in your pimiento cheese? Let us know in the comments below!

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