Spicy Pimento Cheese

Kelley made this cheese dip/spread for the July 4, 2021 party and it was great. It is based on Ina Garten’s recipe.

Yield: 1 quart


  • 10 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 cup pickled jalapenos, chopped small
  • 6 ounces piquillo peppers, chopped (regular pimento peppers can be substituted)
  • 5 cups shredded Cheddar (approximately 1 1/4 pounds)
  • “long squirt” of Sriracha


  1. Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, and celery seed.
  2. Mix in the pickled jalapenos, piquillo peppers, and grated Cheddar.
  3. Add the Sriracha and combine. Taste and add more mayonnaise and Sriracha, if necessary.
  4. Chill before serving.
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