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Classic Pimento Cheese

Have y'all tried that new "pimento cheese" sandwich at Chik-fil-A? It was a gloopy mayonnaise MESS, in my opinion. We can do better.

Recipe Video Here!

I'm sorry but I'm about to get on a soap box. Shredded cheese coated with anti-caking cellulose dust and a ton of mayo does not a pimento cheese make. That stuff was so loose and wet it didn't even stay on the sandwich.

After having a bite of that messy monstrosity this past weekend I knew I had to get pimento cheese made with my homegrown pimentos so I never again would be so desperately craving pimento cheese on a sandwich that I'd stoop to purchase that abomination again.

Good pimento cheese is a spread, not a sauce, made with freshly shredded cheese (you WANT it to cake, never use pre-shredded cheese), cream cheese, pimento canning liquid, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and a LITTLE BIT of mayo for lubrication, you know what I mean? Jalapenos optional. That is IT.

If my pimento cheese isn't coming together as creamy as I'd like it to be I don't add more mayo, I add a touch more pimento canning liquid and a splash of heavy cream and keep working it with a hand mixer until it's a spread consistency. Problem solved.

Classic Pimento Cheese Recipe


  • 4 oz chopped pimentos

  • 2 cups sharp cheddar, shredded

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 1-2 tablespoons pimento canning juice

  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream (if the spread feels too thick)

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Shred your cheese and add all ingredients to a large bowl or your mixer's bowl.

  2. Mix on slow and increase to fast to properly cream and emulsify all ingredients together.

  3. If your spread feels too thick (a cracker shouldn't break trying to scoop it up) I add a bit more of the pimento can juice and some heavy whipping cream to make sure it's creamy enough to be used as a dip.

  4. Serve on bread, with crackers, on a biscuit, on a waffle, with veggies, on a breakfast sandwich, like... anything.

If you've also been personally attacked and victimized by Chik-fil-A's recent attempt at pimento cheese let me be the first to say, I'm sorry. It gets better.

I hope you give this recipe a try! If you try it please let me know how it works out for you! You can tag me in stories or DM me on Instagram or TikTok @LizaHomesteads!


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