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5 from 21 votes

Southern Pimento Cheese

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe - A classic staple that finds its way on the table of any southern gathering. Made with cheddar cheese, pimentos, a touch a creamy and a dash of heat. 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Nikki Lee


  • 8 ounces white sharp cheddar cheese freshly shredded
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons pimentos
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)


  • Freshly shred an 8 ounce block of sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Add mayo, sour cream, pimentos, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Combine by hand or with electric mixer for a smoother texture.
  • Stir and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.


I usually double this recipe when serving for a party.


Serving: 11 serving | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 161mg