How It’s Done: South Carolina Pimento Cheese

By:Staff Writer


South Carolina Pimento Cheese Recipe


16 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated

One 4-ounce jar of diced pimentos (add juice if you like)

1 to 1 ½ cups of Duke’s mayonnaise, depending on desired thickness


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Fold in whatever seasonings or additions you like. Chill for an hour or more to let the flavors blend. Dig in.

Whether it’s spread on a slice of white bread and casually enjoyed on the back porch, or ordered off the menu from one of the Palmetto State’s many renowned restaurants, South Carolina Pimento Cheese can’t be beat.

Believe it or not, this dish originated in the North and was made with pimentos and cream cheese. However, in typical Southern fashion, South Carolina decided to make the dish their own by tweaking the recipe and using only the best locally sourced ingredients. Sharp cheddar cheese, freshly diced pimentos and Duke’s mayonnaise (which hails from South Carolina) are all the ingredients needed to make this dish a true Southern delicacy.

Over the past few years, pimento cheese has become a popular menu item in many of South Carolina’s restaurants and eateries. From casual diners to five-star restaurants, pimento cheese can be found all across the Palmetto State.

Savor the taste of South Carolina Pimento Cheese, and find out what makes this delicious dish a true Southern delicacy.

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