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Pimento Cheese

Just like the other million dishes I used to swear off for some reason, pimento cheese was on the list. Why?! I am not sure because I am a huge fan of cheese and mayo.

This is one of those recipes I have been waiting to post but my little man came early and I took my first vacation in 5 years from blogging and work. Yes work – I actually haven’t been on a vacation where I have not brought my laptop and submitted payroll or done some sort of work. So after John Grayson was born I stopped working, blogging and actually getting on social media (well other than to post pictures of my beautiful son).

Pimento Cheese

But I got hooked again when my friend Mackenzie brought some pimento cheese up to snack on from Fairhope one weekend. I usually bribe her to bring me some every time now because it packs such a punch (I think it’s the cayenne). But it got me thinking holy cow this is easy to make and I have never done it.

Pimento Cheese

I read a fact in one of my food magazine’s recently that stated the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta sells a pimento cheese sandwich for less than $2 and has as many people come to buy it as those who are there to watch Tiger Woods. I need to find out what makes theirs so great!

Pimento Cheese

I remember tailgating with my Granddaddy a few years ago at an Auburn game and a family brought some pimento cheese. I thought it was pretty tasty – but Granddaddy leaned over and reassured me his was better (even though I have never seen him make any). He then proceeded to tell me that his didn’t have any of the frilly stuff people put in it these days. Well I hope this recipe will do it justice Granddad!

Pimento Cheese


  • 8 oz. sharp yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 4 oz. jar diced pimentos about 4 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons grated Vidalia onion
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Shred cheese in food processor (or by hand).
  • Transfer to medium bowl, add the other ingredients. Blend together thoroughly.
  • Refrigerate covered overnight (at minimum 4 hours).


I recommend not buying pre-shredded cheese - so you don't have the powdery substance that is on it.
If you cannot find a Vidalia onion, look for a Walla Walla/Sweet Onion or a yellow onion


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Wow I never tried this! I am totally proud of you and amazed at your skills with slinging a baby and blogging! Great job Lauren!!


Sunday 15th of June 2014

Sophia you have to try this! It's a southern staple for sure!

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