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
- ½ 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.