I can't claim this as an original recipe (considering I used to eat it at least once a week when I was a kid), but I wanted to share it with you anyway since it's a comfort food that takes me back to my childhood. Pimento Cheese Spread is a traditional recipe in the south and one that my grandmother made frequently when we went to her house. She would use it to make the most delectable tea sandwiches that my brother, cousins and I would devour. While I admit that this recipe is somewhat out of character for weelicious in that it is not exactly super healthy, it is vegetarian and totally delicious, so indulging in it now and then seems ok to me.

Since it's HalloWEEn, I've been thinking about orange and black themed recipes and what fun would it be to make a Pimento Cheese Spread sandwich on pumpernickel or dark rye and put it into your little one's lunch box. Cut it into the shape of a pumpkin, bat, witch or ghost (yes, that's a ghost pictured above) and lunchtime doesn't get any more fun! Whether you're trying to impress your kids during the holidays or just want a delicious dip or sandwich spread that's perfect for any time of year, Pimento Cheese Spread will ensure you have a lot of happy customers. I hope one of my childhood favorites will become one of yours too!


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Pimento Cheese

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free


  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, finely grated ( I like to use a hand grater, but you can also use a box grater and then chop it into smaller pieces)
  • 2 Oz Diced Pimentos, drained (or 2 Tbsp Roasted Red Bell Peppers, diced)
  • 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise or Veganaise


1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
2. Serve with sliced bread.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Holly N.

    Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe! My granny always made pimento cheese while I was growing up that was super yummy. She's gone now and I never thought to ask for any of her recipes. This brings back great memories. I can't wait to try this. Thanks again!

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  • BB

    I like to do 1/2 cheddar and 1/2 monterey jack and also add a touch of cream cheese and the special ingredient: pickle juice. I LOVE pimento cheese.

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  • Tiffany

    cute + yum! i need to look for cookie cutters so i can do this for my little one.

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  • Laura

    This recipe is healthier than my grandma's version - she used velveta! Couldn't quite bring myself to do that - even though I used to love it. Thanks

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  • Lisa

    Oh...I am making this for my snack week at preschool. Last time I got creative I overheard a mom saying, \"What kid would eat THIS?\" Wish me luck! I'm so excited! Thank you for all your NEW ideas.

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  • Lindey

    this is an adorable idea. pimento cheese isn't fabulous until it is loaded with pepper at my house :o)

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  • Raquel

    i cannot wait to make this - i have never heard of pimento cheese, but it sounds like a fun treat for Halloween! I love your site and i constantly find new things to try.

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  • Stacy

    Just made these for my little girl and she loves them! Thanks for all the great ideas :)

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  • Betty M.

    I love this idea, now I can use all of those cutouts I have for something other than Christmas cookies! Mine are going to be filled with Palmetto Cheese because that's the only pimento cheese my kids will eat. Thank you for the article.

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  • Jayne A.

    Palmetto contains lots of chemical preservatives and additives. Homemade is much better and better for you, but I can also recommend Trader Joe's, Earth Fare, and Whole Foods. Miss Bonnie's is also an extremely good choice with less chemical additives.

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    • Betty M.

      Sorry Jayne I don't have any of those stores in my area nor do I have the want to make my own pimento cheese. I can guarantee that if I did it wouldn't taste as good as Palmetto.

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  • Jackie

    I just made these, but I substitutedlain Greek yogurt for the mayo. I also added a tablespoon of low fat cream cheese and a tablespoon of pickle juice, per another readers comment! Yummy.

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  • Ann

    I would only ever trust a KY girl to have the right pimento cheese recipe!

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