My mom would make Pimento Cheese for sandwiches, to stuff in celery for special occasions or to snack on with saltines… it was her go to for easy entertaining and it is still one of my favorites to this day. I've added a little extra zip with some Sriracha but if you don't have any, don't buy it just for this recipe. 

Zippy Pimento Cheese Martie Duncan


Difficulty: Easy   Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 1 hour

Cook Time: No cook recipe


1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese

½ pound sharp white cheddar cheese

½ cup mayonnaise plus more as desired

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon white pepper

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1- 4 ounce jar pimento or roasted red peppers, drained and diced small

3-4 drops Tabasco

1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon Sriracha

Chill the cheese in the freezer for 15 minutes to make it easy to grate. You can do this all in the food processor but I prefer the texture when I grate the cheese with a box grater and mix it all by hand because that is the way my mom did it. Grate the cheeses and place in a large mixing bowl. Drain and dice the pimento. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. If you prefer a smooth mixture, you can add more mayonnaise. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator for a bit prior to serving to allow it to soften so it is easy to spread.

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