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This iconic sandwich boasts cheese, pimento and all the wonderful spices and seasonings that bring out the rich creamy filling beautifully. A pimento cheese sandwich is versatile and just as delicious served for lunch as they are at a picnic, potluck supper or any other occasion. If you love cheese, you will love this wonderful take on the classic cheese sandwich.

A sandwich with a green olive and pimento cheese on top.

Pimento cheese is one of the best sandwich fillings ever. Try this pimento cheese recipe if you’re looking for new sandwich ideas!

For those who love this recipe, you may also like roasted red pepper cream cheese dip or this easy muffaletta sandwich. And be sure to check out this dirty martini dip for another savory treat. Taco stuffed zucchini boats and red skin mashed potatoes are also very tasty!

A close up of pimento dip on sandwiches.

Why You’ll Love It

Easy:  This recipe is just as easy as making a grilled cheese sandwich. You just need to mix the ingredients together and spread them on bread to make sandwiches.
Delicious: This combination of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, pimento, mayo, and spices is so tasty!
Customizable: You can tweak the recipe however you wish, using a different kind of cheese, different ratios of the seasonings, and even a different type of bread.

A wooden bowl of pimento spread on a wooden board.

Ingredients for Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

The main ingredients in this pimento cheese sandwich recipe are sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, pimento, and mayo. You also need jalapeno, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper, cayenne pepper and black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Also, your favorite kind of bread to serve it in.

Ingredients to make pimento cheese spread on a table.
A bowl of pimento cheese dip.

How to Make Pimento Cheese

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Mix the ingredients together:  Put everything in a mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is well combined.
Assemble the sandwiches: Divide the pimento cheese between 4 slices of bread, spreading it evenly over, and top with 4 more slices of bread, then serve!

A bowl of food with a spoon to make pimento spread for sandwiches.
A pimento sandwich on a wooden board.

Substitutions and Variations

Swap the extra sharp cheddar cheese for another kind of cheese if you want, or try serving the pimento cheese spread on crackers rather than bread. It also makes a nice dip for pretzels. You can also make this into a grilled pimento sandwich which is ooey-gooey delicious.

A pimento sandwich cut in half on a cutting board.

If you don’t want to use pimento peppers or can’t find them, roasted red peppers would work in their place. You can also add a few drops of hot sauce if you want!

A pimento cheese sandwich with a green olive on top.

How to Serve Cheese Pimento Sandwiches

Enjoy homemade pimento cheese as part of a picnic or box lunch. This sandwich pairs well with anything from a tuna white bean salad to steak salad with squash or roasted Brussels sprouts.

A bowl of pimento spread on a plate.

How to Store Pimento Cheese

Store:  Leftover pimento cheese will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Freeze: Freezing can change the texture of the cheese and allow the mayo mixture to separate so, for the best results, make and enjoy pimento cheese fresh.

A pimento sandwich on a wooden board.

Pimento Cheese Sandwich Recipe FAQs

What are pimentos?

Sometimes spelled ‘pimientos,’ pimentos are a sweet, mild, small cherry pepper. They’re used to make stuffing and dips, ground into paprika spice, and used to garnish other dishes. They’re also amazing with cheese, of course!

What kind of cheese is best for a pimento cheese sandwich?

Yellow sharp cheddar cheese is always a tasty choice. It’s best to shred your own rather than use the pre-shredded cheese, which is coated in starch, to stop the pieces from sticking together.

A bowl of sandwich spread made with pimentos, peppers and cheese. It is a Master's classic sandwich and a Southern favorite from the Augusta National golf restaurant.

Pimento Cheese Sandwiches Recipe

5 from 52 votes

Pimento Cheese Sandwiches Recipe

By: Bella Bucchiotti
A Southern classic, this pimento cheese sandwich is loaded with shredded cheddar and peppers. Pimento cheese dip is a great appetizer, too.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 Cups cheddar cheese, sharp, grated
  • 8 Ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 Ounces pimento, drained and diced
  • ¼ Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon onion powder
  • Teaspoon kosher salt, coarse
  • Teaspoon ground black pepper


  • In a medium-sized bowl add all the ingredients. Mix until fully combined.
  • Smear the pimento cheese on 4 slices of bread. Top each slice with bread.


Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3007IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 464mg | Iron: 2mg
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Well-known Masters pimento cheese sandwiches are a classic Southern sandwich on white bread which has been a favorite at the Augusta National golf concession stand for more than five decades. Our version is inspired by that famed pimento cheese dish, and it’s so quick and easy to prepare. Serve the pimento cheese spread between bread slices or enjoy it with crackers or vegetable crudites. You can’t go wrong with these copycat Masters pimento cheese sandwiches which are a classic Southern lunch.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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