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Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese

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!

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!

What Ingredients Do I Need?

  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. diced pimentos, drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid wood smoke
  • 8 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded by hand
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded by hand
  • 1/4 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. 

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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Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese in a floral bowl with crackers

Smoked Pimento-Jack Cheese


  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Pimento cheese like you’ve never had it before!  Creamy, smoky and delicious. 


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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. diced pimentos, drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid wood smoke
  • 8 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded by hand
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded by hand (ad)
  • 1/4 cup onions, diced

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy.  
  2. Add pimentos, mayonnaise, and wood smoke.  
  3. Continue to mix well.  
  4. Fold in pepper jack, sharp cheddar and onions.  
  5. 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.  

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Mixer
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: pimento cheese, southern, appetizers, dips, spreads

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4 Comments

  1. Debi, you’ve done a great job! This is making my mouth water, can’t wait to try it.

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

  2. Pimento cheese is my favorite thing. I’ve been looking for a spicier version. This looks great!

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