Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese

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When was the last time you made the best pimento cheese you've ever tasted? How about now? Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese takes this popular dip to a new level!

Smoked Pimento Jack Cheese in a floral bowl
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Why You'll Love This Recipe

Most folks in the south, and throughout the entire Blue Ridge mountain range for that matter, have a favorite recipe for pimento cheese. Try my version if you're looking for a little sass.

Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese adds just the right kick, goes great in grits, on top of burgers, or with just about anything else you can conjure up. I like to serve it as an appetizer with crostini or crackers. It's one of my most requested recipes!

Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese in a floral bowl with crackers

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. diced pimentos, drained
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid wood smoke
  • 8 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded by hand
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded by hand
  • ¼ cup onions, diced

How To Make Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese

Smoked Pimento Jack-Cheese takes only 15 minutes to come together...and the results are over-the-top! Take these easy steps...

  • Beat cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy.
  • Add pimentos, mayonnaise, and wood smoke.
  • Continue to mix well.
  • Fold in hand-shredded pepper jack, sharp cheddar and onions.
  • Mix vigorously until cheese is well blended. 
bowl of pimento cheese on a blue napkin.

Why Do I Need To Shred The Cheese by Hand?

Shredding the cheese by hand (ad) makes the cheese combine more smoothly, yielding a creamier consistency. There are additives in pre-shredded cheese like potato starch which causes clumps when stirring or cooking. Freshly shredded cheese definitely tastes better than the packaged version.

Here's another cool fact. Did you know that 8 ounces of block cheese produces more than 8 ounces of pre-shredded cheese? You'll get much more cheese for your buck if you shred it by hand!

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bowl of pimento cheese on a blue napkin.

Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese

Pimento cheese like you've never had it before!  Creamy, smoky and delicious. 
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 278kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese softened
  • 4 oz. diced pimentos drained
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid wood smoke
  • 8 oz. pepper jack cheese shredded by hand
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar shredded by hand (ad)
  • ¼ cup onions diced

Instructions

  • Beat cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy.  
  • Add pimentos, mayonnaise, and wood smoke.  
  • Continue to mix well.  
  • Fold in pepper jack, sharp cheddar and onions.  
  • Mix vigorously until cheese is well blended. 

Notes

  • Add more mayo if you like it creamier.  Add hot sauce if you like it spicier.
  • Serve with crostini or crackers.  
  • This dip is also delicious when mixed into grits for brunch or dinner.  

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 298mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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4 Comments

    1. I really appreciate your kind words, Corinne! This pimento cheese recipe is pretty amazing, I have to admit.

  1. 5 stars
    Pimento cheese is my favorite thing. I've been looking for a spicier version. This looks great!

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