Homemade Pimento Cheese - A classic with celery sticks

Homemade Pimento Cheese

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 cups

A true Southern staple that's perfect spread on crackers, piped into celery sticks, or even in omelets or grilled cheese sandwiches. 



  • 16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise NOT Miracle Whip!
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce optional
  • 4 ounces pimentos minced


  1. Grate the cheddar cheese.

  2. Whip the cream cheese until fluffy. Add mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and hot sauce (if using).

  3. Fold the cheese and pimentos into the mayo mixture. Chill 20 minutes to allow flavors to meld.