Friends show up unexpectedly? There’s an app(etizer) for that

Pimento Cheese

Life comes at you fast. And in those moments when friends show up unexpectedly or you’re just in need of a wine and appetizers night, it’s important to have some tried and true go-to apps on hand. For me, that recipe is Pimento Cheese.

It’s easy to pull together in just a few minutes, I usually have all of the ingredients on hand, and, if I don’t, it has so few ingredients that a 5-minute trip to the grocery store should cover. Plus, you can serve it as a dip, a spread, or a sandwich filling. If I’m making it for a party or as an appetizer, I’ll go traditional and serve it with crackers as a spread, but then I’ll likely spend the next several days making Pimento Grilled Cheese, Bagel with Pimento Cheese (as pictured), mixing it into Deviled eggs, or even just sneaking a forkful on occasion. If you really want to go the Southern route, you can even serve it with fried green tomatoes.

This is a recipe you’ll want to try next time you need something delicious in a pinch – and then you may want to give your skinny jeans a day off.


8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Mayonnaise (all Southern girls know only Duke’s Mayonnaise will do!)
1 4 oz. jar Diced Pimentos
Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Onion Powder, Pepper, and Salt to taste


1. Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, diced pimentos in a mixing bowl on medium speed until well blended.

2. Stir in garlic powder, cayenne powder, onion powder, pepper, and salt to taste. I usually am pretty heavy handed with my seasonings but several recipes I looked up online recommended 1/4  to a 1/2 teaspoon each for garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and onion powder.

3. Enjoy! See? I told you it was easy.

By Heather Bien

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