New South Jalapeño Pimiento Cheese

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Leigh Anne Montgomery

Jim Early took first place out of 300 entries in the Southern Foodways Alliance Pimiento Cheese Invitational by creating this update of his mother's recipe. If you need a smaller amount, you can easily cut the recipe in half.

Yield: Makes 6 1/2 cups
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  • 2 (8-oz.) blocks extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8-oz.) block mild Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (7-oz.) jars diced pimiento, drained
  • 1 (12-oz.) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained
  • 1/2 cup drained pickled jalapeño pepper slices
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Assorted crackers or bread slices


  1. 1. Process first 3 ingredients, in batches, in a food processor 45 seconds or until well blended. Add pimiento and next 4 ingredients, and pulse 5 to 6 times or to desired consistency. Cover and chill up to 1 day. Serve with crackers or bread slices.
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