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A platter of crackers, fresh vegetables and a bowl of Classic Pimento Cheese Spread. This is a perfect addition to your Kentucky Derby party!

Classic Pimento Cheese


This Classic Pimento Cheese spread is a perfect addition to any Southern-style party menu!  Rich, creamy, and a little spicy, this easy spread is ready in less than 30 minutes and always a hit.



8 ounces cream cheese, cubed, room temperature

½ cup mayonnaise (I like Hellmann’s)

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot sauce

2 ½ cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (shredded from a block of cheddar, not pre-shredded)

4 ounces pimento peppers, well-drained and chopped


In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. 

With a hand mixer combine all of the ingredients until very well mixed.

Use a wooden spoon to fold the pimento peppers and cheddar cheese into the cream cheese mixture.  If you like a creamier spread without the shreds of cheese, mix with the hand mixer.

Scrape the pimento cheese into a covered bowl and chill for at least one hour.

30 minutes before serving, remove the cheese from the refrigerator and allow it to rest (and soften).  

Serve with crackers, vegetables, crostini, or as a filling for sandwiches.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Starter - Appetizer
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: classic pimento cheese, appetizer recipes, Kentucky Derby recipes, party recipes, Southern food, cheese recipes

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