BEST Pimento Cheese Sandwich Recipe

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All I have to say about this Pimento Cheese Sandwich is OMG! It is so incredibly good and you can make it at home in 10 minutes ... SO much better than store-bought and it kicks your classic grilled cheese sandwich up a notch.
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This sandwich is so incredibly good that I cannot believe I ever ate pimento cheese cold before. Just imagine the soft pimento cream cheese mixture melted between two pieces of crispy bread that are grilled to perfection. Need I say more?

What Is Pimento Cheese?

If you’re not from the South then it might sound a little foreign to you, but I promise it’s worth a try! It’s a classic Southern cheese spread that is typically made with cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and of course, pimento peppers. I did use cream cheese instead of mayo in my version.

What Does It Taste Like?

It’s like a creamy cheese with a kick. Think cheddar cheese (creamy, tangy, and rich) with pimentos (roasted sweet red bell peppers) and some flavorful spices including a little hot sauce to kick it up a notch.

Is Pimento Spread the Same as Pimento Cheese?

Pimento Cheese is actually a trademarked brand that makes pimento cheese spread. They are based out of South Carolina, so whether you call it pimento spread or cheese, it’s basically the same thing.

What Do You Eat Pimento Cheese With?

Traditionally, it’s served on crackers or between slices of bread as a sandwich, but since its gain in popularity, we’ve seen all sorts of other ways to enjoy this creamy spread. As I mentioned above, we use it for a grilled cheese sandwich, but you can also add it to your grits, macaroni, quesadillas, or jalapeno poppers (instead of plain cream cheese) … there are endless ideas out there for this tasty spread. 

How to Spruce up Your Pimento Cheese Sandwich

I love getting creative with recipes like this one, so you could definitely add in your favorite ingredients. Try adding in fresh jalapeno peppers, olives, diced pickles, or even crumbled bacon for a bit of variation to your sandwich.

Some Pairing Ideas for Pimento Cheese

Since Pimento Cheese Spread is meant to be more of an appetizer or light snack type of food, it pairs well with crackers, carrot sticks, celery, crostinis, or even pretzels if you’re serving it as a dip. But, if you want to try putting it in a grilled sandwich, here are some light suggestions to pair with it:

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh. I just made this exactly as written and served it with Mary’s gone crackers (black pepper) and it is an awesome combo. I am supposed to be saving it for a snack tomorrow, but I’m not sure it will make it through dinner.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this and it is SOOOOOO good. It totally hit the spot and it took all of five minutes to pull together. I was born and raised in the south so I’ve definitely had my fair share of pimento cheese through the years but I swear this is the best version. I love that there’s no mayonnaise. I’ve never liked that addition in traditional recipes. Thanks for everything you do, Lisa!

  3. 5 stars
    This looks wonderful. I’m always in charge of food for trips and I will be using this for our big group trip to the beach in two days! We have picky eaters but with this recipe it should be terrific. Thanks (also Im obsessed with garlic so Im using cloves like recommended).

  4. I am from Texas and have enjoyed store-bought pimento cheese salad all my life. I was delighted to find out that I could make it myself. I made it last weekend and it is good but the garlic is way too much. If I were to make this again, I might try just a little bit of garlic powder instead. I didn’t try it grilled, just cold as this is what I have been used to, but I bet it would be good grilled.

  5. 5 stars
    Mmmm … this is yummy! I’d read about pimento cheese in old Southern cookbooks, but I’ve never tried it. We tried it hot and cold and I think I actually prefer it cold on a piece of whole wheat toast. I used a sprinkle of garlic powder instead of chopped garlic, because I’m pregnant and my stomach is a little sensitive to strong garlic flavors at the moment. My husband suggested a thin slice of tomato on top, which is also delicious, especially sprinkled with salt and pepper. :) Thank you!

  6. This sounds amazing and I will be trying it this weekend. I just love your recipes and that they have simple and easy to find ingredients. They always come out tasting great too.

  7. 5 stars
    Yum! One son loves this and one doesn’t. The third eats almost nothing, so he wouldn’t even try it. For a tip, we added spinach and a tomato slice to ours (not the kids). It was yummy! And I used roasted red peppers, but I’ve always used these instead of actual pimentos in my pimento cheese recipes…so I guess I should call it “Pepper cheese.”

  8. 5 stars
    This was an awesome sandwich! So glad I found this recipe! My son loves it too! Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

  9. 5 stars
    This was so good! I mixed everything earlier so all I had to do was put the sandwiches together. Combined with tomato soup-great lunch!

  10. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Diedre. That is strange. Pimentos are typically with botttled roasted red peppers, artichokes, etc. Pimentos are chopped and roasted pieces of a sweet cherry pepper but you can also substitute roasted red pepper, though it will not be as sweet. ~Amy

  11. I have tried to find a jar of pimentoes but no luck. I have gone to several groceries stores (whole foods and Trader joes) but when I ask them they look at me strange. I am from Carolina but now live in Michigan. I want to try this recipe. Any thoughts?

    1. Hello!

      I just found this recipe. When I went to the grocery store to find the pimientos, I naturally assumed they’d be near the olives. Nope` they were by the beans! Baked beans to be more exact. Weird, but true. Good luck!

      1. They might not be obviously labeled “pimentos.” I just made this recipe for the first time, and the peppers I used were just labeled as Spanish style red peppers.

  12. I just read this while eating homemade tortilla soup for breakfast :-)This sandwich would go perfect with the soup!Nom nom nom…

  13. I’ve tried several of your recipes, and all have been really good -but this is the best. I left out the hot sauce to see if my 2 year old would eat it and she did. I love that it has no mayonnaise. I’m not a mayonnaise eater and like the cream cheese taste so much better.


  14. this makes the best pimento cheese….evah!!! i left out the hot sauce and garlic for the kiddies, and i still managed kill half a package of ak-mak. LOVE IT!!

  15. I LOVE pimento and cheese! It is a favorite my grandmother used to make for me. Unfortunately I had to start following the SCD diet and that meant no cream cheese! I modified my grandmother’s recipe to make an SCD legal version. So delicious!! I LOVE it!

  16. My tip is to spread a layer of basil pesto on one of the breads and the pimento cheese on the other. Delicious combination!

  17. update…We ate some last night with some cornbread crackers (I’m sure they aren’t real food!). When I went home at lunch he had a sandwich and then finsihed off the rest on a tortilla shell. I can always tell if he liked it or didn’t by if 2nds are had or not…Yep this one is definately a hit!

  18. Tried this last night….We are new to the “real food” concept…Well actually my DH and DD have no idea that we’ve been doing any of these recipes. My husband loves Pemiento Cheese and we have tried a few recipes over the years with little success. I did this one last night and he LOVED IT! He kept commenting on the “kick” it had to it and I said if you don’t like the Kick I could leave out the hot sauce and he said no…that was one of his favorite things about it. We have a new must have in our house! Thank you for your wonderful recipes!

  19. This is so exciting! I used to stay away from Pimento Cheese because it has mayo in it. I don’t like Mayo. I am sooooo excited to try this

  20. This was DELICIOUS!!! I got the honey whole wheat from Great Harvest and had it for lunch. I’ve been using the spread as a dip with pita chips as well. Love it!

  21. Disclaimer: I try to eat whole foods but am not at 100% yet. I tried this last night, it was awesome. I am from charlotte (but moved to CA) and loved Penguins Winky dinky dog. So, we used it as a topping to our hot dogs to help with the craving. It was amazing, thank you for posting this!

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  23. Never mind, there is a Great Harvest relatively close to me!!! I’m so excited!!! (Will call the bakery too, anyways — thank you!)

  24. Okay, I’m going to keep searching, but have you found a whole-wheat sandwich bread with five ingredients or less? (Should I call my bakery to see if they’ll tell me the ingredients?) I am really thinking about doing this, but I don’t know if I will really have time to make my own bread…and my husband wouldn’t last one meal without it. I made the roll recipe you had on here once too, but now I can’t find it and I also think it had white flour in it? Couldn’t be, but I swear I think it did! I’m going to at least get the stuff for the tortillas and biscuits…

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Your bakery should definitely tell you the ingredients! I wouldn’t buy anything from a place that won’t tell you what they put in it. Oh just saw your other comment that you found a Great Harvest…that’s great! We love their honey whole-wheat loaf (5 ingredients and 100% whole-wheat), but you have to be careful because they also offer a lot of options made with white flour and sugar. Good luck!

  25. Can I ask, what type of Dijon mustard you use? I just checked mine, (Grey Poupon), and it has…

    Water, Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, White Wine, Fruit Pectin, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Sugar, Spice

    Too many ingredients, plus sugar! (and “spice”? how vague is that?!).

    Just curious what you recommend…?

    1. You know we happen to have this random brand mustard that has been in our fridge for a while. I don’t remember where I bought it, but I know we got it to go with a Polish sausage meal we were making (a long time ago – way before our 100 days!). The brand is Kosciusko and the ingredients are: white distilled vinegar, #1 grade mustard seed, water, salt, spices. So I guess the vague “spices” thing is common in mustard, but it definitely does not have sugar in it or it would say that specifically. I think the Earthfare brand organic mustard is pretty decent with 6 ingredients (one of them being water which my husband says doesn’t really count as an ingredient).

      1. Thanks. I saw the Kosciusko brand of mustard at Earthfare and purchased that. (Even though it’s technically a “spicy brown” mustard, and not a Dijon (no white wine in it), it had the best looking list of ingredients).

        I made this last night, and oh my goodness – so delicious! I love, love pimento cheese – but had to say goodbye to the orange-colored tub of chemical goo – this was a fantastic replacement. Yum!

  26. Just found this blog, what an awesome site!

    Just curious, have you tried using coconut oil as an alternative to butter? We still use butter from time to time but coconut oil has become our primary cooking oil nowadays.

    Keep up the great work!