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14 of the South’s Best Pimento Cheese Recipes

Indulge in the region’s most beloved spread with these twists on the classic
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G&G’s Classic Pimento Cheese

Our original formula for the “pâté of the South”—as seen in The Southerner’s Cookbook.

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photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Sean Brock’s Pimento Cheese 

The James Beard Award-winning chef shares a recipe from his first cookbook, Heritage.

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John Fleer’s Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies 

Served piping hot and with a tangy comeback sauce for dipping, these party bites are sure to impress.

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photo: Maggie Armstrong

Tupelo Honey Cafe’s Pimento Cheese 

This house-made pimento cheese has enjoyed a loyal following since the Asheville eatery first opened its doors in 2000.

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photo: Margaret Houston

Pimento Cheese Nachos 

Tupelo Honey’s pimento cheese recipe reaches peak party potential when melted and smothered over tortilla chips, crowned with chorizo sausage, and dolloped with sour cream and any other favorite toppings.

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Pimento Cheese Straws

For the Georgia chef behind these “Swanee Bites,” the only thing better than a cheese straw is one stuffed with pimento cheese.

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photo: Johnny Autry

The Glass Onion’s Pimento Cheese 

Chef Sarah O’Kelley keeps her recipe traditional, but she has been known to put the iconic cheddar spread to some creative uses.

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Pimento Cheese Fritters 

A Minnesota chef with Carolina bona fides shares a Southern-fried party bite—best served with a side of pepper jelly.

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Pimento Cheese Soufflé

A mile-high spin on the Southern classic.

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Over-the-Top Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Pimento cheese, collard greens, fried chicken, and pickles make an appearance in this monster sandwich.

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photo: Colin Price

Vivian Howard’s Baked Pimento Cheese and Sausage

The star of A Chef’s Life shares her simple yet refined sausage and pimento dip

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photo: Rex Miller

Chef Todd Richards’s Grilled Peach Toast with Pimento Cheese

The Soul chef blends two Southern classics for a sweet and savory treat.

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photo: GREG DUPREE

Spicy Pimento Goat Cheese

A twitst on the standard spread that substitutes local goat cheese for cheddar drizzles the creamy, chile-spiked dip with spiced honey.

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Pimento Cheeseburger Pizza

With what has become one of his signature offerings, chef Mike Davis nods to his restaurant’s location just outside of Columbia, South Carolina—the pimento cheeseburger capital of the South.

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