Homemade pimento cheese with a kick

A few months ago I tore a recipe out of a magazine. It was for homemade pimento cheese, and until that time it had never occurred to me you could make it at home. As a kid growing up I loved pimento cheese, but haven’t had it in years. I set the recipe aside in my “to make someday” pile, and went about my summer.

This past labor day weekend I could resist no longer, and I finally had all the ingredients in the house…meaning it was after a cheese stock up at Costco. And since I have a hard time following a recipe, I went online and looked at a few other recipes to get the mayo/cheese ratio down. Once I had that figure in my head, I set to work in the kitchen mixing up what I wanted in my pimento cheese.

Does anyone else cook that way? That’s why I found cooking for the Homesick Texan series to be somewhat of a challenge. It was a welcome challenge because it stretched me…..I learned a lot from it and expanded my cooking knowledge, skills and tastes. It’s good to mix things up! Reproducing someone else’s recipe to the letter is hard for me because at every turn I want to add something I think would taste good, and leave something out that I’m not fond of or leery of. Usually by the time I’m done, it doesn’t resemble the original recipe at all! I wing it, and almost always am very happy with the results. This was one of those times.

I think you’ll love it too since it’s easy to make and very easy to modify to your own tastes. Use any cheeses you want or use the ones I selected. It’s a grown-up version of pimento cheese, and the horseradish adds a nice kick. I love horseradish! You can add more or less as your tastebuds prefer or leave it out altogether. I also added in a teaspoon of bacon grease because you know everything’s better with bacon, but I’m leaving that optional for the vegetarians out there. 🙂 It’s also a good option for those eating low carb. If you want it creamier, just add more mayonaise at the end and continue adding until desired creaminess. It’s the perfect snack for game day!

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Homemade pimento cheese with a kick
Recipe type: Appetizer, Lunch, Snack, Sandwich
Prep time: 
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Serves: 6 to 8
Homemade pimento cheese is easy to make and is the perfect choice for a game day snack! It's easy to modify and make your own and low in carbs.
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • small can diced pimentos
  • ¼ cup diced vidalia onion
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp horseradish
  • pinch sea salt
  • ½ block cream cheese, softened (4 oz)
  • 12 oz of various shredded cheese including:
  • 3 oz muenster
  • 4 oz colby jack
  • 2 oz monterey jack
  • 3 oz pepper jack
  • ½ oz fontinella
  • 1 tsp sugar, optional
  • 1 tsp bacon grease, optional
  1. In medium bowl whisk together mayonnaise, pimentos, onion, worcestershire sauce, horseradish, salt and bacon grease and sugar (if using).
  2. Mix in cream cheese and stir until smooth and creamy.
  3. Stir in shredded cheeses and blend well.
  4. Serve as sandwiches, in a wrap or on celery for a low carb meal.


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15 Responses to Homemade pimento cheese with a kick

  1. It looks very tasty! Perfect for any get together! Thanks

  2. Eva says:

    I find it interesting that this is the second blog within a week posting Pimento cheese…I had never heard of it previously. The ingredients sound delicious.

  3. Tracy Wood says:

    I love, love, love pimento cheese! Yours looks really good – nice amount of pimentos, which I like! I never add so many varieties of cheese when I make pimento cheese, so I will have to try yours and see how all those cheeses work together! YUM

  4. Alison Lewis says:

    love this version! I am a big fan of pimiento cheese

  5. redkathy says:

    Oh my gosh Hubby would love this! He is a huge pimento cheese fan, it’s a southern thing for sure.

  6. Nichol says:

    This looks delish. I make dips and cheeses for fight night, this would be perfect!

  7. What an interesting pimento cheese recipe. Using so many different types of cheese is unique. I use onions and Worcestershire in mine, too. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Abs says:

    This is a great-looking recipe! Honestly, I had never considered making my own either. I am going to give it a try. Thanks

  9. Luna Miranda says:

    it does look good! i loved cheese pimiento when i was a kid–used to bring my cheese pimiento sandwich to school.:p
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  10. Cheese and pimientos are always a great combo, looks delicious!
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  11. Elsa says:

    I made pimento cheese a few times but it has never turned out the way I want it to. One time, I added raw garlic because that’s what the recipe called for. Bleck. We still have nightmares over that. haha! Yours looks delicious though, I especially love the addition of horseradish. I am going to save this to try. Thanks so much for sharing with the Hearth and Soul!
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  12. cheerful says:

    it looks great and i bet its really yummy…love pimiento cheese, thanks for sharing the recipe. hubby will be happy if i can make this one (someday). 🙂 visiting late from last week’s FTF, hope to see you around. thanks and have a great week. 🙂
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  13. Your pimento cheese sounds wonderful. I like the addition of the horseradish!

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