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3 Cheese Pimento Cheese is a creamy, tangy spread recipe made with three freshly grated kinds of cheese and pimentos. It’s flavorful, versatile, and perfect for sandwiches, burgers, grilled cheese, and as a dip or spread with crackers, mixed into soups, or on mashed potatoes with it.

Cheese spread


  • Cheese. For this recipe, I use gouda, cheddar, and cream cheese. Typically, cheddar is used to make pimento cheese. However, you can use any cheese combination that you enjoy. I recommend grating the cheese yourself. The pre-shredded cheese is coated with cornstarch to prevent it from sticking together.
  • Pimentos. Pimento peppers are small, sweet, and mild chili peppers. You can substitute fire-roasted red-bell peppers for pimentos. They have more flavor than pimentos but are not spicy.
  • Mayonnaise. More Southerners will argue that the only mayonnaise to use is Blue Plate or Duke’s. I agree. However, you can use olive oil mayonnaise. As well, you can sub sour cream or Greek yogurt for mayonnaise. Omitting mayo changes the taste and texture to something other than pimento cheese, in my opinion.
pimento cheese in a bread bowl


Making pimento cheese is super easy! You will simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir them together. It’s great on burgers, sandwiches, or wraps. It’s also great as a dip served cold or warm.

Pimento cheese in a bread bowl

For a nice presentation as shown, hollow out a small, round loaf of bread and fill it with the cheese spread.


Pimento Cheese is a great recipe to make early for a party. Therefore, it’s better to make it 12 to 24 hours before serving.

Store this cheese spread in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I do not recommend freezing it.



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ingredients in a bowl

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on the products used.

I updated this post from an earlier version dated January 19, 2013. I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

Cheese spread

3 Cheese Pimento & Cheese

great as a dip or spread, top your burger or salad, mix into soups, or top mashed potatoes with it
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
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  • 2 cups smoked gouda shredded
  • 2 cups cheddar shredded
  • 4 -ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt optional
  • 4 -ounces pimentos chopped, drained


  • Don’t use the pre-shredded cheese. I like to shred one cheese or the small side of the grater and the other on the large side. It’s just a personal preference, but makes a difference in the texture. Mix grated cheeses with cream cheese, mayonnaise, and next four ingredients. Stir to combine well. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any unused spread.
  • Try these options: Grilled Pimento and Cheese, on a hamburger, heated and served as a dip.
  • Variations: add 1/2 chopped pecans and 1/2 diced pepperoncini or jalapeno peppers


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 836IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 421mg | Iron: 1mg
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    1. An 8 oz block of cheese will yield 2 cups grated. You need 2 cups grated gouda and 2 cups grated cheddar/colby mix.

  1. Hi Paula!
    You know I just love this dip that you made! So much so that I am going to feature it at tonight's Marvelous Mondays party. 🙂

    Hope you're having a great weekend!


  2. My daughter loves pimento cheese. I will have to try this one! Thanks for sharing it at my linky party! Have a great day!
    House on the Way

  3. I love pimento cheese, but I always use cheddar (bor-ring!) I need to try this variation!

  4. YuM! That looks great. I am usually not a pimento fan, but this looks amazing.

  5. I'm loving this, Paula! It looks really good and I love the presentation of the dish! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. Pinned and about to be shared on my Facebook page! 🙂


  6. I love the idea of adding jalapenos! Yum!
    Hopping over from the Chicken Chick

  7. I.Love.Pimento.Cheese, especially pimento cheese toast! I usually get store bought though, but I think I'll now make it myself…so it'll always be at my disposal,lol! Thanks for the easy recipe! Dropping by from the Let's Get Social Sunday blog hop…following you now.

    Michell @Prowess and Pearls

  8. I love pimento cheese 🙂 Never tried mixing three cheeses though! Pinning.

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