One of our Charlotte, NC (a.k.a. the Queen City) spice merchants submitted this recipe for everybody's favorite southern cheese spread. She gives her version a slight twist by adding Ghost Pepper Salt. Don't be scared of the spicy salt; it adds just right kick of heat to the sharp cheese and tangy seasonings.



This recipe makes a smooth pimento cheese. If you want it to be a little more chunky, only use 1/2 cup mayonnaise and mash all the ingredients together with a fork instead of using a food processor.


Add all ingredients except chives to a food processor and blend everything until smooth. Once smooth, mix in chives with a spatula until completely incorporated. Transfer to a sealed container and let sit for at least 2 hours before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Makes a great addition to loaded cheese fries, brisket sandwiches, or stuffed peppers. Warm it up to make a cheese dip, or just serve it cold as a cracker spread.


About 2 cups

Thanks To

Abbey Cochran, Savory Spice—South End/Charlotte, NC

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Savory Spice Shop Ingredients
Black River Creole Seasoning 1 oz bag $2.30
Garlic, Dehydrated: Roasted Granulated 1 oz bag $2.25
Ghost Pepper Salt 1 oz bag $3.45
Mustard Powder, Yellow, Regular 2 floz bottle $2.45
Pepper, Black, Malabar: Fine 1 oz bag $2.65
Chives 1/2 oz bag $4.75
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