Pimento cheese and crostini

  • 6 Servings
  • 10mPrep Time
  • 7mCook Time
  • 17mReady In
  • Category : Food
  • Subcategory : Appetizers and snacks
  • Main Ingredient : cheese
  • Chef : Charlie McKenna

A highly regarded comfort food throughout the American South, pimento cheese is a red-flecked, orange-colored spread made from cheese, typically sharp cheddar; diced pimentos; mayonnaise; and seasonings. Recipes vary widely, and texture can range from chunky to smooth.


Pimento cheese:

  • 10 ounces extra-sharp cheddar (McKenna suggests Kraft Cracker Barrel Natural Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese)
  • 2 4-ounce jars diced pimentos, drained
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • About 1-1/2 cups high-quality mayonnaise
  • (McKenna prefers Southern-style Duke’s Mayonnaise, available by mail order or locally at Cost Plus World Market stores)
  • 1 baguette
  • Olive oil



Prepare the cheese: Let the cheese come to room temperature. Grate the cheese into a bowl and mix to combine with the remaining pimento cheese ingredients. Refrigerate for 8 hours to let the flavors meld.

Make the crostini: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Thinly slice the baguette and rub both sides of each slice with olive oil. Lay on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until browned and crisp.