My mom made this recipe for Christmas 2002. She had nothing written down but I loved it so much I asked her how she did it and she wrote it down for me. All the measurements are approximate so if you find something that works better, let me know!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a bowl, mix the processed American cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, and pimentos. Season with onion powder, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Cover, and chill until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Facts

161 calories; protein 5.7g; carbohydrates 1g; fat 15.1g; cholesterol 31.9mg; sodium 401.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2007
This is my mom's recipe, and my sister submitted this, so I have to leave my comments about what I do differently...I usually sub sour cream for the cream cheese, its easier to stir. I also let this mellow in the frig a bit before serving. I love the kick the cayenne pepper gives this! Thanks, Mom! Love you! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2010
I'm not sure if you have to grow up eating Pimiento Cheese in order to enjoy it; if so it explains why my husband and I didn't care for this much. But since I've never eaten it before I can't comment on how this Pimiento Cheese rates in comparison to others. I used sharp cheddar but added a lot more than called for because the original just tasted like mayo to me. I made tea sandwiches and took them to church where they met mixed reviews. Some loved them but a few of the kids threw theirs away. Sorry--won't be making this again but you might like it if you already like Pimiento Cheese. Read More
(3)
119 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 91
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2007
This is my mom's recipe, and my sister submitted this, so I have to leave my comments about what I do differently...I usually sub sour cream for the cream cheese, its easier to stir. I also let this mellow in the frig a bit before serving. I love the kick the cayenne pepper gives this! Thanks, Mom! Love you! Read More
(81)
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2006
Scrumptious! I used real cheddar in lieu of processed cheese food and reduced fat cream cheese and mayo. I increased the pimento to 3 oz. and added freshly ground black pepper as well as a dash of worstershire. TIP: try it on bread with juicy tomatoes and crisp lettuce. Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2007
I took this to a church gathering and got rave reviews...everyone loved it and ate all my sandwiches. I used shredded sharp chedder cheese instead of the processed stuff. Excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2007
I was looking for a good recipe for Pimento Cheese and this was TERRIFIC! After reading other reviews I decided to use sharp cheddar cheese (two 8-oz. blocks) instead of processed cheese. Even my husband who's hard to impress raved over this recipe. There's no doubt I will make this again and again...Thanks for sharing!:) Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2007
Cadillac is right!!! I only changed one thing. Instead of processed cheese food I used bagged shredded sharp cheddar cheese and it was absolutely EXCELLENT!!! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2006
Great simple recipe. I used lite ingredients so I saved a few calories but it tasted as good as the first time I made it. I used 4 oz. pimento's 2 cup of low-fat cheddar cheese low fat onions & chives cream cheese about 1 tbsp of light sour cream lite mayo not quite a 1/2 of cup.lite mayo.cup Cayenne pepper to taste. I also added sliced salad olives just for fun. Put in middle of tray with sliced tomatoes cucumbers and party rye bread. Simple and easy appetizer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2009
So easy and so versatile! I use shredded Colby-Jack and change up the seasonings depending on my mood. Some days it's onion and garlic some days it Greek some days it just salt and pepper...and always it's delicious! Using sun dried tomatoes in place of pimentos is a tasty change! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2007
I had my doubts but this turned out so good. I changed a few things but I chalk it up to personal taste so I still give it 5 stars. I used a little garlic salt instead of garlic powder and light cream cheese and half light mayo/half regular mayo. I used the small block of Velveeta shredded and it wasn't enough cheese so I added some mild cheddar. The only thing I might advise others to change is to add more cheese if you prefer yours to be less mayo"naissy". Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2012
This is the best pimento cheese spread I have ever made. I fixed it for my husband to take on a fishing trip, we couldn't stop sampling it. I didn't have the American cheese, so I used what I had on hand which was shredded mild cheddar cheese. I don't see how this could be any better!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2010
I'm not sure if you have to grow up eating Pimiento Cheese in order to enjoy it; if so it explains why my husband and I didn't care for this much. But since I've never eaten it before I can't comment on how this Pimiento Cheese rates in comparison to others. I used sharp cheddar but added a lot more than called for because the original just tasted like mayo to me. I made tea sandwiches and took them to church where they met mixed reviews. Some loved them but a few of the kids threw theirs away. Sorry--won't be making this again but you might like it if you already like Pimiento Cheese. Read More
(3)
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