Homemade Pimento Cheese

I may be from the northeast but I do have some roots in the south. My mom was born in Alabama, my Nana Jeanie and Papa lived in the south the entire length of time I knew them, and my sister and her family have now lived there for many years. I love southern cooking a whole lot. The first time I had pimento cheese that love grew even deeper. It was just on a humble sandwich but it was anything but ordinary in flavor. So I decided to make some homemade pimento cheese right here at home that I could use in lots of ways. It was so easy to make too!

I can’t even remember the last time I bought a jar of mayo at the store. It is so easy and fun to make my own because I can add any flavor I want. So I made very basic mayo this time to let the other flavors really sing. This is totally optional though, jarred mayo also works really well in this homemade pimento cheese. Also, I know it’s a point of contention whether to use mayo or cream cheese. I went with mayo because it’s much less heavy and dense.
I just mixed a little of my homemade mayo with lots of extra sharp shredded cheddar, the pimentos and scallions for some pretty green and mild onion flavor. That was all there was to it!

After that, I just sealed the homemade pimento cheese up and used it as I wanted it. Oh my goodness it was heaven. I just scooped some up with crackers for a snack, melted some in grilled cheese, and used it as a topping for burgers. It was so versatile! Hope you all love it too, xoxo

Homemade Pimiento Cheese
Homemade Pimento Cheese
5 from 2 votes
Homemade Pimiento Cheese
Homemade Pimento Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

I completely fell in love with homemade pimento cheese the first of many times I had it down south. This version is so incredibly flavorful, simple to make, and can be used in many different ways!

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese, Pimento Cheese
Servings: 8
Calories: 151 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 whole egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 jar pimentos chopped small, 3 ounces
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions greens only
  • 1/4 cup mayo either the above homemade recipe or jarred
  1. If making your own mayo, wrap a mixing bowl in a cold damp towel. This helps emulsify the mayo. Whisk the egg yolk, mustard and vinegar together really well, then keep whisking while you slowly pour in the oil. Keep whisking until you have a thick, gorgeous mayo. If you use jarred, skip that step and go right to mixing the sharp cheddar, pimentos and scallions together. Then add 1/4 cup of either the homemade mayo or jarred and stir it in to bring all of the rest of the ingredients together. Set any homemade mayo left (there will be about 3/4 cup left) sealed in the fridge for further use. Seal up the pimento cheese too and use it in countless ways! It's a fantastic dip on its own, grilled cheese filling or burger topping. Enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pimento Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 109
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.1g19%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 230mg10%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 3.1g1%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 1.5g2%
Protein 6.4g13%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Homemade Pimiento Cheese
Homemade Pimiento Cheese



12 thoughts on “Homemade Pimento Cheese”

  1. Oo that looks so good! Doesn’t look like it’s hard to make. Might need to make it now. 😀

  2. This recipe for Pimento Cheese looks absolutely amazing and easy to make. I have it on my must try snack list for next week! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks so yummy!! I love how easy the recipe is!! Yummy and easy to make is a big winner in my book.

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