10 Ways to Add Pimento Cheese to Everything

Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini © Burcu Avsar
By F&W Editors Posted September 01, 2015

Though it’s delicious on it’s own, rich, creamy, tangy pimento cheese can and should be added to anything and everything. Here are 10 killer ways to use the cheesy spread:

Though it’s delicious on it’s own, rich, creamy, tangy pimento cheese can and should be added to anything and everything. Here are 10 killer ways to use the cheesy spread:

1. Pimento Cheese Muffins
Pimento cheese in the batter means you get cheesy, peppery flavors in every bite.

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2. Pimento Cheese Grits
In this clever dish from Bobby Flay, he folds the classic ingredients of pimento cheese (cheddar cheese, cream cheese and roasted peppers) into warm, creamy grits, switching up smoky Spanish piquillos for the jarred pimientos.

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3. Pimento Cheese Fries
To take his french fries over the top, chef Jonathon Sawyer broils them with a tequila-spiked pimento cheese topping. It’s wonderfully decadent melted into the fries and also excellent as a dip.

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4. Pimento Cheese Quesadilla
These gooey quesadillas are the perfect midnight snack.

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5. Katie’s Pimento Goat Cheese
"My grandpa always used to make pimento cheese for me with sharp cheddar, or even Velveeta," says Katie Lee about the sweet pepper–studded spread, a Southern classic that's also a great dip. "I wanted to make it more grown-up." Katie's goat-cheese version is light and silky.

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6. Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini
This irresistible appetizer is perfect for parties.

7. Pimento-Cheese-and-Tomato Pie
This luscious, quiche-like pie is a mash-up of two Southern favorites—tangy pimento cheese and silky tomato pie. The riper and more flavorful your tomato is, the better the pie will be. Crumble bacon over the top to really push it over the edge!

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8. Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Burger
One bite into these juicy burgers reveals a cheesy surprise.

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9. Grilled Ham-and-Pimento-Cheese Sandwiches with Fonduta and Fried Eggs
Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman created this wow sandwich that just keeps on going with a filling of crispy, cheesy grilled ham-and-pimento-cheese.

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10. Squash Blossoms with Pimento Ricotta
In this homage to pimento cheese, squash blossoms are stuffed with ricotta and pimentos and served raw.

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