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Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento cheese spread is a spicy Southern spread made with cheddar cheese and peppers and often used to make quick tea sandwiches or spread on biscuits.


2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon onion powder
½ - 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)*
1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento, drained
Salt and black pepper to taste


Place the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, minced jalapeno, and pimento into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. ** Using paddle attachment, beat at low speed until mixture is thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

* Be sure to check jalapeno pepper for heat before adding to spread.

** You can also make the spread in food processor for a lighter 'whipped' and softer spread. Put all ingredients EXCEPT jalapeno and pimento into food processor and process until smooth. Then, stir in remaining peppers.