This pimento cheese ball recipe is about 50 years old. It’s amazing, but I remember getting the recipe at a church get-together. I can’t remember who brought the cheese ball, but everyone wanted the recipe.
It’s creamy, with pimento cheese spread, cream cheese, butter, and seasonings rolled in chopped pecans. It’s perfect for your holiday parties, football games, and most any get-together.
Do you love appetizers as much as I do? I love homemade dishes that people make, particularly if they say it’s their favorite. It’s fresh, and you can’t buy it at the store.
There is nothing better than hanging out around the “appetizer” table. Keep in mind the cheese ball is only as good as the items you choose to serve it with, right?
Here are some of my favorite items to serve with this one:
- Sliced Pears
- Sliced Apples
- Pita Triangles
- Cooked Potato Wedges
You can talk to each other, laugh together, and sometimes even cry together. Life is good when you have time together with friends and family.
I quote Wikipedia, “In the cuisine of the Southern United States, pimento (or pimiento) cheese is a spread or relish made with cheese, mayonnaise, and pimentos.”
Mark and I went to three stores and every store was sold out of pimento cheese spread! I had to order mine from Amazon. Pimento Cheese Spread
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Pimento Cheese Ball
You know by now, I like to gather the ingredients so I’m ready to make the recipe.
Start by placing the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl to soften.
When it is soft enough, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth with a hand mixer. Add the pimento cheese spread, the cheese, and the seasonings.
Mix until thoroughly combined.
Scoop the ingredients into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and mold the mixture into a ball. Roll the cheese ball in finely chopped pecans.
Serve with celery sticks or any of a variety of crackers. One of our favorite crackers is called Chicken in a Biskit. We also really enjoy a variety of Wheat Thins. Give your favorite a try and enjoy.
Pimento Cheese Ball Recipe
- 8 -ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 5-ounce jar of pimento cheese spread
- 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
- Garlic powder to taste
- Onion powder to taste
- 1-1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
Start by placing the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl to soften. When it is soft enough, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth with a hand mixer. Add the pimento cheese spread, the cheese, and the seasonings. Mix until thoroughly combined. Scoop the ingredients into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and mold the mixture into a ball. Roll the cheese ball in finely chopped pecans. Serve with celery sticks or crackers. Enjoy.
How do I store the pimento cheese ball?
Keep the cheese ball covered tightly with plastic wrap or store it in a Tupperware-type container in the refrigerator.
How long will the cheese ball keep in the refrigerator?
It all depends on the freshness of the ingredients, but typically it should be good for 1-2 weeks if stored properly in the refrigerator.
Can I freeze the cheese ball?
I wouldn’t recommend it because the texture may change. If you saw my last cheese ball recipe, Harry mentioned, “At my house, there wouldn’t be any left to freeze!” I got the giggles, I loved it!
Would low-fat cream cheese work in this recipe?
Yes, it would work. It will cut the calories and shouldn’t affect the flavor!
Could I use different nuts?
Just about any nut will work, I have used sliced almonds and even chopped walnuts.
Could I use herbs to roll the cheeseball in?
The nice thing about this cheese ball is you can leave it plain, skip the nuts, or roll it in freshly chopped, basil, parsley, or rosemary leaves.
Can I use a different cheese?
Absolutely, I have used sharp cheddar cheese, sharp white cheddar cheese, and even Mozarella. This cheese ball is so versatile, make the recipe your own way!
In case you missed this post, The Classic Bacon Cheese Ball
I really hope you try making my pimento cheese ball for your next get-together with family and friends. Life is good when we are surrounded by a support system.
Stay positive, stay well, stay safe. Please pray for our country right now. May God Bless this world, Linda