Miss Mattie's Southern Pimiento Cheese

Miss Mattie's Southern Pimiento CheeseRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Miss Mattie's Southern Pimiento Cheese gets its sweet and spicy taste from sweet-hot pickled jalapeno peppers. The toasted pecans add to its Southern flair.


Makes about 5 cups

Recipe from

Southern Living


1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (7-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
1/2 cup chopped jarred sweet-hot pickled jalapeno pepper slices
1 tablespoon liquid from sweet-hot pickled jalapeno pepper slices
4 cups freshly grated mild Cheddar cheese (1 lb.)
Garnishes: sweet-hot pickled jalapeno pepper slices, toasted chopped pecans


Bake 1/2 cup chopped pecans at 350° in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool 20 minutes. Stir together mayonnaise, diced pimiento, pickled jalapeño pepper slices, liquid from sweet-hot pickled jalapeño pepper slices, and toasted pecans. Stir in Cheddar cheese until well blended. Garnish, if desired.


We tested with The Original Texas Sweet & Hot Jalapeños.