For your next party, serve this fabulous homemade pimento cheese “Alabama style” with Conecuh sausage and a few other easy ingredients; folks will RAVE!!!
The Best Pimento Cheese? Everyone Has a Favorite
The phrase “best pimento cheese” is definitely relative. Who could even call one recipe “the best?” In this post, I’ll share some of my faves (that I consider best~at least in my experience).
- The best pimento cheese that I’ve EVER eaten was at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. Hands down, I’ve never tasted any pimento cheese better than this. Zane and I were there years ago, and I still think about that pimento cheese.
- The best pimento cheese IMO locally is Ashley Mac’s and Zoe’s Kitchen. I grab and go at both of these places quite often.
- The best grocery store pimento cheese is IMO Palmetto Farms. I buy the jalapeño version always. It is FAB.
- The best homemade pimento cheese recipe that I’ve found is below. It is my slight adaptation of this one from My Recipes.
How to Make The Best Pimento Cheese
A few easy tips and tricks will make homemade pimento cheese turn out next level yummy. The tips are simple but really do make a difference. Please trust me on this. Pre-grated cheese of any kind will NOT be the same.
- Use block cheese and grate by hand. Don’t use pre-shredded (which has its place~just not here).
- Use a combination of sharp and extra sharp cheddar. Pimento cheese needs the kick of sharp cheeses (no mild).
- Use two different grate sizes. Half large grated and half medium to small grated is perfect.
- Use high quality cheese. Cracker Barrel, Cabot and Tillamook are great options.
- Use a good mayo. Duke’s is close to homemade and what I prefer for pimento cheese.
In the video below, I show how easy it is to mix up a batch of this pimento cheese. Note: My recipe is slightly adapted from this My Recipes version. I did not use pecans. I added some chopped pickled jalapeños, and I added wet ingredients separately (it is best to mix them before adding to cheese).
- 1 (8 oz) block sharp cheddar
- 1 (8 oz) block extra sharp cheddar
- 1/ 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 1 (4 0z) jar pimentos (do not drain)
- 1 TB Worcestershire
- 1 tsp finely diced onion
- 1/2 tsp red (cayenne) pepper
- 1 TB diced "tamed" pickled jalapeños (optional)
- In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, diced pimiento, Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, and ground red pepper until blended.
- Grate cheddar cheeses, using two sides of a box grater so that half or 3/4 is large grated; the rest is smaller grated.
- Stir mayo mixture into cheeses. Refrigerate at least 12 hours.
- Serve with cracers, Conecuh sausage, and Wickles if desired.
My Favorite Way to Serve Pimento Cheese
My friend Dana introduced me to what is now my new favorite way to serve pimento cheese. She and her husband Mike brought the pimento cheese (recipe below) along with Conecuh and saltines. Yep. That’s right. No fancy crackers. Dana referred to it jokingly as a “redneck tailgate appetizer.” One taste, and no one will care if it is redneck or not. It is DELISH!!!
Note: Mike grilled the Conecuh and brushed it with BBQ sauce. It was insanely delicious. I took a photo of one before I put it into my mouth. (Beward of the fingernail that desperately needs a manicure LOL).
How to Make an Alabama Pimento Cheese Tray
I’ve made this pimento cheese twice since the block party. I don’t grill (Zane has to do that,) so my method is skillet. It is not as next level as the grilled, but it is FAB and folks ask for the cheese recipe every time.
I like to add two options to the way that Dana and Mike offered. Wickles Pickles go beautifully with this pimento cheese and sausage. Sliced jalapeños also go well. I buy the tamed jalapeños; they are still hot but not overly so.
The tray in this photo is from Dollar Tree (or General I can’t recall). It is perfectly divided to hold the crackers, sausage, Wickles, jalapeños and pimento cheese. You can take this to a party and not have to wash any dish afterward.
Here is all you need to make what I call an “Alabama Pimento Cheese Tray.”
- Wickles Pickles (sweetly spicy)
- Tamed Jalapenos (spicy and hot)
- Conecuh Sausage (grilled or skillet sautéed/browned)
- Pimento Cheese
In the video below, I show how I put together this yummy appetizer platter.
Here’s Another Favorite Way to Use Pimento Cheese
One of my most popular recipes for years has been this Pimento Cheese Cornbread. Yes, it uses a cornbread mix (not Jiffy~Krusteaz which is MUCH better). Literally everyone who eats this cornbread raves and asks for the recipe. My friend Carolyn Bradford shared the recipe years ago on her blog, and I don’t think I’ve made cornbread any other way since. It is a must-try, and it goes so well with this turkey chili, my instant pot vegetable soup and my favorite slow cooker Brunswick Stew.
This simple cracker, pimento cheese, sausage, pickle appetizer is SO good! I promise, you will love it. If you make it, please let me hear how it turns out. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed, and savvy day!!!