Pimento Cheese- “Southern Pate”

Pimento cheese in the south is a staple.  Every southern cook has “the best” recipe, kind of like chili, meatloaf, and BBQ sauce! 

Pimento Cheese, Pate of The South!

Southern Living recently ran a compilation of Pimento Cheese recipes from acclaimed Southern Chefs- I adapted Louis Osteen’s recipe.  I somehow feel I have an attachment to him as I had a college roommate that worked at one of his restaurants, and I walked by the namesake restaurant daily.  As a college student, I only had the opportunity to walk by Louis’s, never dine!

Pimento Cheese is a Southern Treasure!


  • 3 cups freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese ( 1/2 lb.)
  • 2-oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon grated yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 oz whole peeled pimento, drained and rinsed

    One bite is not enough!



In a food processor combine all ingredients and pulse until desired texture.  You can also use a electric mixer to blend. 

Serve with fresh breads or crackers

Yield is about 1 ½ cups

A Southern Delicacy!

Best with fresh baked breads or artisan crackers
Happy Eats Y’all! 

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