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Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cooking Time:

no cooking required



Here in the South, Pimento Cheese is an essential- a culinary rite of passage. No matter the occasion, or the season, or the crowd, Pimento Cheese is an appropriate addition to any food spread. It’s perfect for football tailgates, cocktail parties or sandwiched between two slices of white bread with the crusts cut off. Pimento Cheese is the most popular and requested snack at our afternoon Wine and Cheese Reception. We serve our Pimento Cheese as a spread, accompanied by wheat crackers and green olives. (Stack them all together and you have yourself a real treat.) Our Pimento Cheese recipe has been passed down through generations of Kings Courtyard Inn family. In its most recent adaptation, we’ve added pickled jalapeno peppers and scallions for a bold and spicy punch. The recipe is just as delicious if you’re not big on spice. Leave the jalapenos out, and you’ll end up with the rich essence of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. Yum.


  • 6 cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 small can Pimento Peppers, diced
  • 1 small can Pickled Jalapeno Peppers
  • 3-4 Scallions, diced
  • Dash salt + pepper


In a large bowl, combine cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. Finely dice pimentos and scallions before adding into the cheese mixture. Mix all ingredients together by hand and add a dash of salt and pepper to taste. If the spread is too thick, add more mayonnaise. If spread is too thin, add more cheese.