10 Steps to Perfect Pimento Cheese

Gather your ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, diced pimentos, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.

Grate the cheddar cheese for a fresher taste and smoother texture. Opt for sharp cheddar for an extra bite of flavor.

Soften the cream cheese to room temperature to ensure easy blending with the other ingredients.

Drain the diced pimentos well to avoid excess moisture, which can make the cheese spread too watery.

Combine the grated cheddar, softened cream cheese, diced pimentos, and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.

Season the mixture with garlic powder, onion powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to taste. Adjust seasoning according to your preference.

Use a spatula or spoon to thoroughly mix all ingredients until smooth and well combined.

For a chunkier texture, leave some small pieces of cheddar and pimentos intact while mixing.

Allow the pimento cheese to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let the flavors meld together.

Serve the pimento cheese spread with crackers, sliced baguette, or as a filling for sandwiches, and enjoy the irresistible taste of the South in every bite!