Our 10 Best Pimiento Cheese Recipes

Pimento Cheeseburgers with Bacon Jam
Photo: © Abby Hocking

Pimiento cheese, that beloved Southern staple, is perfect on its own, but it also makes for an excellent addition to other dishes. Here are our best recipes featuring pimiento cheese, from pimiento grits to squash blossoms with pimiento ricotta.

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Pimiento Cheese Grits

Pimento Cheese Grits

© Michael Crook

In this clever dish, chef Bobby Flay folds the classic ingredients of pimiento cheese (a Southern starter made with cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and roasted peppers) into warm, creamy grits, switching up smoky Spanish piquillos for jarred pimientos.

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Pimiento Cheese with Salt-and-Pepper Butter Crackers

Pimento Cheese with Salt-and-Pepper Butter Crackers

TV chef Carla Hall makes her own crunchy crackers to serve with her cheese spread, a riff on a Southern classic.

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Pimiento Cheese and Bacon Crostini

Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini

There’s nothing more indulgent than melted and browned pimiento cheese topped with crispy bacon.

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Pimiento Cheese Fries

Pimento Cheese Fries

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

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Squash Blossoms with Pimiento Ricotta

Squash Blossoms with Pimento Ricotta

Brothers and cookbook authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee created this twist on classic Tuscan squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta. They mix the ricotta with pimientos — an homage to pimiento cheese, a Southern favorite — and serve the blossoms raw instead of fried. 

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Pimiento Cheeseburgers with Bacon Jam

Pimento Cheeseburgers with Bacon Jam
© Abby Hocking

“This is like a bacon cheeseburger that went to heaven,” says chef Edward Lee. We agree. The pimiento cheese and sweet bacon jam both melt into one dreamy, messy bite.

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Achari Pimiento Cheese Spread

Achari Pimiento Cheese Spread
Victor Protasio

Chef Farhan Momin gave this Southern staple a makeover by incorporating his mother’s classic Indian pickling spices into the cheese mixture. Serve it with some crackers, toasted naan, or between two slices of white bread.

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Poblano Pimiento Cheese–Roasted Chicken

Poblano Pimento Cheese-Roasted Chicken
Con Poulos

Ashley Christensen, the chef at Poole's in North Carolina, kicks up her pimiento cheese with spicy poblanos and green hot sauce. In this brilliant riff, F&W culinary director at large Justin Chapple spreads the creamy dip under the skin of a whole bird before it's roasted to get both crispy skin and juicy meat. 

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Crudité Platter with Pimiento Cheese and Shiro-Miso Dip

Fall Crudites Platter with Pimiento Cheese and Shiro Miso Dip
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Roasted delicata squash, crisp raw vegetables, and two crowd-pleasing dips make this appetizer as beautiful as it is delicious. A citrus-spiked miso dip is a refreshingly light complement to the crudités, while a classic pimiento cheese is tangy, creamy, and satisfying.

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Vegan Pimiento Cheese

Vegan pimento cheese, served with fried saltine crackers and pickles green tomatoes
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

For this vegan version, sweet pimientos stud a creamy and savory base made with extra-firm tofu. The pickle brine and apple cider vinegar lend an acidic brightness to the mixture, while nutritional yeast and miso provide deep umami notes that keep you coming back for more.

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