Warm Pimento Cheese Dip (+Video)
This Warm Pimiento Cheese Dip is a creamy and flavorful dip that has all the flavors of pimiento cheese in a warm and gooey dip!
A SOUTHERN HOT CHEESE DIP
So recently I was mixing up a batch of pimiento cheese and realized I didn’t have all the sharp cheese on hand that I wanted to use but I already had my mayo and seasonings mixed. So I threw in a block of softened cream cheese, a little more mayo and the shredded cheese and decided I would try to make a dip. Boy, did it work out amazing!
TIPS FOR MAKING PIMIENTO CHEESE DIP:
- I used a combination of cheddar and Monterey jack cheese here but you can use your favorite cheeses.
- Also, you could use pre-shredded cheese for this if you want to save some time. However, when I make pimiento cheese spread, I only use freshly shredded.
- Pimientos are just a type of red pepper that are sweet and very mild.
- Panko bread crumbs can be substituted for the crushed Ritz crackers.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- sharp cheddar cheese
- cream cheese
- diced pimientos
- green onions
- dry mustard
- Worcestershire sauce
- hot sauce (optional)
- salt and pepper
- crushed Ritz crackers
HOW TO MAKE WARM PIMIENTO CHEESE DIP:
Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray. Now, get all your cheese shredded.
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and mayo. I like to use an electric mixer to get it combined well.
Make sure your pimientos are well drained. They are packed in water so you don’t want a bunch of excess water messing up your dip.
Add in drained pimientos, green onions, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce and a dash of hot sauce. Stir well to combine.
Finally add in the shredded cheese.
Stir until combined well. At this point I give it a taste test. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish.
Sprinkle top evenly with crushed Ritz crackers.
Then dig in with your favorite buttery crackers!
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Warm PImento Cheese Dip (+Video)
- 2 (8 ounce) blocks of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 7 ounce jar diced pimientos well drained
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 1 teaspoon dry ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- dash of hot sauce (optional)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise. This is easiest if you use an electric mixer.
- Add in drained pimientos, green onions, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce and a dash of hot sauce. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine.
- Finally add in shredded cheese. Stir until combined well.
- Spread mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle top evenly with crushed Ritz crackers
- Bake for about 18-20 minutes (on the middle rack). Do not overcook.
- Topping should get slightly golden brown and bubbling gently around the edges. Then serve with crackers or your favorite vegetables.
- Dig in with your favorite buttery crackers or vegetables.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.
loved this dip. i agree with lou, pimentos add that bit of out of the ordinary flavor associated with ordinary dip ingredients.
I loved this dip.as did others at a game day get together. Using pimentos is such a nice change from the typical cream cheese or sour cream dip add ins that are out there. I did use bag cheese which worked just fine. Will be making this again and again.
I made this and it tastes SO delicious. Everyone raved over it!
Thanks so much Mary!
Could you use Miracle Whip instead of Mayo? My hubby wont eat mayo.
Sounds great, but can you just leave it cold?
Masterchief found Bacon Ritz at Walmart yesterday. I'm making this dip for him to go with them. I know he'll love it!
My recipe book is filled with so many of your recipes.
I never liked pimento cheese until I made it in my own kitchen. Your recipe is different that the one I have, so can't wait to try your version. Sounds like this one should go right to my Superbowl menu. Thanks for sharing.
This look so, so good, Brandie! The dip idea is genius. I love pimiento cheese, or as my mother called it, pimiento and cheese. I've never found a way to make it that's the way I like it. You can't beat a good pimiento and cheese sandwich!
This looks like it would make a cold sammich spread, too! Thanks for the recipe (:
Oh my, I would so love this dip!!! I need to Pin now and try out very soon! Thanks:)
You make this sound so delicious! I enjoy your recipes so much.
Good Golly, I think I'm in love! That looks delicious & perfect for game day. Thanks Brandie!
Holy Cow…this sounds amazing. I am not a southern girl so I never grew up nor heard of it until a few years back. I did taste it while visiting Savannah….wasn't impressed much. But this one has got my attention for sure! I'll make it soon for football playoffs…the guys will be happy to try something new! With sharp cheddar cheese and cream cheese..seriously how can you go wrong….I just want to take a spoonful of it right from the pictures you have on here…salivating, slurp!!
Hahaha – exactly!! I just know you are gonna love it Lynn!
Hope you love it as much as we did!!
I love Pimento Cheese and have since I was a little girl growing up in Texas…the only version I don't like is the premade one that is loaded with sugar. This dip looks wonderful. Thank you!
Maybe that was part of the turn-off when I first tried it. Now, I'm in love! 🙂
When you say in the recipe green onions does this mean just the "green top part of the onion" or all of it (complete onion).
I just used the green part but you could use the white part too. Just make sure to dice it up into small enough pieces so someone isn't biting into a big chunk of onion. 🙂
Love the recipes!!! Keep'em comin
Thanks so much! Sure do appreciate that!