Smoked Gouda Pimiento Cheese

Oh so good and addictive, fans of pimiento cheese will love the flavor and blend of cheeses in Smoked Gouda Pimiento Cheese. Enjoy as a spread with your favorite dipper, in a grilled cheese sandwich (with bacon!), for your burger topping, or stirred into pasta for a tasty twist on easy mac and cheese!

Are you a fan of pimiento cheese? If so I have a delicious version you’ll want to try, made with smoked Gouda and extra sharp Cheddar cheese!

My hubby is a cheese-aholic and we always have store-bought pimiento cheese in the fridge. This pimiento cheese recipe from Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life, is oh so good and is addictive. It would make a mean grilled cheese sandwich (with bacon!), topping for your burger, or Martina’s ad lib, stirred into hot cooked pasta and then broiled for quick and easy mac and cheese!

Pimiento Cheese is the Pâté of the South. Like Sweet Tea, it’s a staple served at luncheons, showers, and right alongside cold fried chicken and deviled eggs at a covered-dish supper or proper Southern picnic!

Spelled either pimiento or pimento, for those above the Mason-Dixon line, we pronounce it pimenacheese here in the South. :) However you pronounce or spell it, ingredients vary and favorite recipes are debated from the brand of mayonnaise (Duke’s for us) to the blend of cheeses and additional ingredients like onion, paprika or jalapeño peppers, to name a few.

Smoked Gouda Pimiento Cheese

Yield: 4 cups


1 cup mayonnaise

1 (7-ounce) jar diced pimiento, drained and *rinsed

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on taste (we like some heat and 1/2 teaspoon was perfect for us)

1 (8-ounce) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)

1 (8-ounce) block smoked Gouda cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)

*Don’t skip the step of rinsing your diced pimiento or it will be too salty. For the creamiest pimiento cheese, buy the cheese in blocks and shred by hand (pre-shredded is dry).


For good pimiento cheese texture, grate the cheese half on the large holes on a box grater and half on the small holes.

Stir together the mayonnaise, pimientos, Worcestershire, garlic powder, and cayenne in a large bowl; add the cheeses, stirring until blended. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

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  36 comments for “Smoked Gouda Pimiento Cheese

  1. Bonbongirl
    February 27, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Not being a Southerner, I’d love to try this recipe, however w/o the smoked Gouda. Can I simply omit or do I need to add more extra sharp Cheddar cheese?

    • February 27, 2019 at 7:39 am

      Sub another type of cheese, add more Cheddar or cut the mayo and other ingredients in half. :)

  2. Franki
    February 27, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Yum!!!!!! franki

  3. February 27, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Mary, we love smoked Gouda at our house and it is always in my 4 cheese mac and cheese. You are right pimiento cheese is a Southern staple. I will have to try this recipe for sure!

  4. Karen
    February 27, 2019 at 8:02 am

    My mouth is watering just looking at this! Can’t wait to try.

  5. Theresa R Keller
    February 27, 2019 at 8:17 am

    This looks sooo good! love pimenacheese can’t wait to try this with the gouda. Thank you!

  6. February 27, 2019 at 8:20 am

    This sounds fabulous! Thanks, I’ll be making this!

  7. February 27, 2019 at 8:23 am

    I have to make this asap Mary!! A pimenacheese and bacon grilled cheese is calling my name!

  8. Hetty
    February 27, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Loved the correct pronunciation of pimenacheese and the recipe! As an former Southerner and expat from the Netherlands (Nederlands) Gouda is correctly pronounced Howda.

  9. KateBresnahan
    February 27, 2019 at 8:39 am

    I just bought and finished some Palmetto Jalapeno Cheese so I will have to make this and fill up the container! Thank you soo much — I bet the smoky flavor is amazing!

  10. Susan B
    February 27, 2019 at 8:44 am

    I am not from the South so I’ve never had pimenacheese, but this recipe looks delicious. I am going to make it for my cousin’s baby shower coming up in 2 weeks. Thank you Mary.

  11. February 27, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I’d love to try Martina’s recipe for pimento cheese! I love both regular Gouda and smoked Gouda. The spread looks especially good on those pretzel crackers. 🤗

  12. Bobbie T
    February 27, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Just love pimento cheese. The best ever comes from Conrad and Hinkle in Lexington, NC. Have a blessed day.

  13. February 27, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Pimiento Cheese is my favorite food group! I am looking forward to trying your recipe, thank you for sharing!

  14. Linda 🐝
    February 27, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I’m going to try this recipe! It may replace the one I use now!

  15. anne
    February 27, 2019 at 10:32 am

    This recipe sounds delicious with the gouda. You’re right. Us Southern girls do pronounce it pimenacheese. I’d never even thought about it until I saw it spelled that way. :-) I love it with jalepeno slices, too. I’ve always made mine with just the shredded sharpe cheddar. It has to be on white bread, a little butter on the top bread slice and toasted in the toaster oven. I can’t wait to try this recipe.
    It’s funny how certain things can stir memories. When my brother was a little boy (around 4 or 5 ) he hated cheese….or so he said. My mother would made “pimenacheese” for lunch, but we had to call it a pimento sandwich or he wouldn’t eat it. I think of that every time I make pimento cheese.

  16. February 27, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Cheese-a-holics anonymous! Yep, I’m a card-carrying member. This looks amazing. My uncle is from Louisiana and I always wondered where he got the idea to put pimento cheese on grilled cheese sandwiches. Now I know. And there is no better mayonnaise than Duke’s. It’s hard to find here but I seek it out.

  17. Lisa Powell
    February 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I have a camping trip coming up and this would be the perfect appetizer!! I’m thinking of making my marinated saltines for this….. I love the heat too…love you site!!

    • Lisa Powell
      February 27, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      That should say…love “your” site!! My fingers are too fast..hahaha

  18. Cyndi Raines
    February 27, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Oh, my! Count me in! I love cheese and this looks wonderful! Will pin to try as soon as hubby is over the flu. Our choice of mayo in the north is Hellman’s Real Mayonaise. Have you ever tried that brand Mary? I love it. I think I saw Duke’s at a Walmart, will keep that in mind when I make it. Thanks!

  19. Cyndi Raines
    February 27, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Oh my! Count me in, I love cheese also. This looks wonderful! I laughed at your sweet southern “pimenacheese” way of saying it, I can hear that southern drawl so clearly! 😃 In the north our favorite mayo is Hellman’s Real Mayonaise, love it. Have you ever tried it Mary? I wonder if the taste is close to your favorite, Duke’s? I believe I saw Duke’s up north at the Walmart store last summer, so I’ll have to look at our local Walmart when I make this. I like to make the recipe exactly as it states. Will pin to make when hubby is over the flu. Thanks.

    • Vanessa
      February 28, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Cyndi – YES Hellmann’s All the Way!

  20. February 27, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Just got home from work and wish this was on my table Mary! Sure looks like a great munchie:@)

  21. Loryl
    February 27, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Yum, Yum, YUM!! Cheeseaholics unite!!!! Love the idea of putting this on a grilled cheese😋

    February 27, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    OMG!! I love pimento cheese…I usually make my own too…I will, for sure, try this! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  23. chloe Ward
    February 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    This sounds so good ! I will definitely try this recipe.

  24. Donna B Oliphint
    February 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Oh, my word!! This sounds fabulous. Can’t wait to try it.

  25. Jean
    February 28, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Hard to choose one comfort food but a favourite is cottage pie with brown gravy. Playlist songs: There must be Angel & The Miracle of Love by The Eurythmics, Million Years Ago by Adele, Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers, A Groovy Kind of Love & Do you remember by Phil Collins, Broken Wing by Martina McBride, The Dance by Garth Brooks, The Greatest Man I never Knew by Reba McIntire, Because of You by Reba McIntire & Kelly Clarkson, Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton and so many more…………

  26. February 28, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Pimento cheese sandwiches have never called my name but grilled with bacon? Definitely trying that! Wonder if I can get my local New Mexico grocery store to carry Duke’s mayonnaise?

  27. Sharon
    March 4, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I made this yesterday and followed the recipe to the letter. It’s delicious! I want to try a grilled pimiento cheese sandwich, too. Thank you for the recipe.

    • March 4, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Sharon! We love it too 😀

  28. KB
    October 22, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Made this and it was amazing. We stuffed some mushrooms and jalapenos with it, and grilled them. Super delicious!

    • October 23, 2019 at 7:27 am

      Sounds wonderful, thanks for letting me know! ♥

  29. Crystal
    April 16, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Can you add cream cheese??

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