Brevard North Carolina Real Estate Blog: Classic Southern Pimento and Cheese

Classic Southern Pimento and Cheese

In this part of western North Carolina, everyone has their own way of making pimento and cheese. One thing is for sure though, if you go to a party, someone's bringing pimento and cheese. I grew up in the south and as far as I can tell, this is a dish that is as much a part of southern hospitality as sweet tea on a hot summer day. Enjoy ya'll.

(This is my own recipe and I have made it so many times, I don't measure any more, so feel free to adjust to your personal tastes). This is a party size recipe.

16 oz extra sharp yellow cheddar

8 oz extra sharp white cheddar

8 oz pepper jack cheese

Appox. 8 oz sour cream

12 oz jar of roasted peppers

about a cup or so of good mayonaise

pinch of salt

cracked black pepper

Dice the roasted red peppers and set aside to drain.

Grate all the cheese using either a box grater or a food processor. Either way, make sure the cheese is really cold so it doesn't get mushy. Sometimes I'll do half in the processor and half with the box grater so I get a chunkier spread.

Toss the cheeses so they are well distributed. Add a pinch or so of salt and a couple of grinds of black pepper. Toss in the roasted peppers and start mixing in the sour cream and mayonaise. It should be creamy, but still slightly chunky. If you prefer to use all mayonaise, that's fine, but the sour cream adds a nice spark to the flavor.

Adjust the salt, mayo, and sour cream to taste. Place in the fridge for at least an hour or so before serving. Serve as a spread with your favorite hearty cracker. Also good for making finger sandwiches.

Variations: I personally like a bit of japaleno pepper in my pimento and cheese. If you don't like japaleno, adding a dash of cayenne pepper instead is also classic.




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Comment balloon 10 commentsCarol Clay • June 18 2008 12:43PM


Carol, you are right- this is a good ole southern recipe. I have never made it, but now I can with this great recipe...thanks   

Posted by Patty Ledford, Your N. Ga. Mountain Agent -The Ledford Team-Blue (RE/MAX Town and Country) almost 11 years ago

Hey Patty - I made this last night to take to a little gathering with our tennis group and it was a huge hit! Let me know how yours turns out.



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Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) almost 11 years ago

I've never heard of this, thanx for sharing.  I will bring this to the next party I get an invite to...

Posted by Patrice Estess (PB APPRAISALS) almost 11 years ago

I love pimento cheese, doesn't seem to be so popular with some though.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Ya, I've never heard of this either... Thanks for sharing. I'm sure it will be good!

Posted by Andy Laughlin ( over 10 years ago

Funny how we grow up eating things and just assume the rest of the world enjoys it as much as we do. This is truly a southern of those dishes that everyone puts their own spin on. It's wonderful for a party. I can't keep too much of it around though...I'd eat it all the time. But it's easy...great on any kind of good cracker or as a sandwich. Give it a try ya'll!

Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Carol!

I'm from Waynesville -- not too far from you! And pimento cheese crackers and sandwiches were a regular at my house growing up.

To those who are on the fence -- OMG -- if you've never eaten pimento cheese, you've got to try it! And, as Emeril says, to "kick it up a notch", consider grilling it like a regular grilled cheese sandwich. YUM!!

I agree with Carol, it's funny to think that everyone grows up eating their regional foods, and not imagining that there's any other way. Part of the fun of traveling for me is trying out other regional foods. For anyone traveling through the South -- give this a try!


Posted by Dawn Grasty, Durham NC Real Estate (Prudential YSU Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Dawn!

And greetings from Brevard!

I love the idea of doing a grilled pimento and cheese sandwich. Yum O!  I've tweaked this a couple of different ways and every time I make it for a gathering of some sort, it gets rave reviews. It seems like it is the kind of thing that you could vary depending on your tastes. Especially if you start varying the cheeses. Let me know if you make it!



Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) over 10 years ago

I'm definitely going to try your recipe! I love the idea of using pepperjack. I'll let you know! A friend of mine adds minced onion to hers and a little sugar. I've thought of using minced sun dried tomatoes instead of pimiento -- then some lettuce and bacon for a take on a BLT. I could talk food all day! I'd better get back to work!! LOL!

Posted by Dawn Grasty, Durham NC Real Estate (Prudential YSU Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Dawn, and I could be good friends! I'm a foodie at heart.

I'm not a big fan of raw onions and I can't imagine putting sugar in P&C. One of the reasons I use extra sharp and white cheddar is for that "bite". But everyone to their own I suppose. The idea of the sundried tomatoes, however, sounds awesome. Maybe instead of pepper jack you could add some chipotles. That's what I love about P&C. It could go all sorts of directions.

Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) over 10 years ago

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