Pimiento Cheese With Honey – A Tribute To The Masters’ Tournament


The Masters’ Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia always makes me crave the pimiento cheese of my youth. It’s a Southern delicacy, and the Masters’ sells tasty pimiento cheese sandwiches wrapped in green wax paper.

Most pimiento recipes these days call for extra sharp cheddar cheese, but my mother L.J. made hers with Velveeta. Both versions are terrific.

The honey called for in this recipe is there to enhance the other flavors, not to make the pimiento cheese sweet. Try it and see!

pimiento cheese

Yield:  8 sandwiches


16 ounces extra sharp yellow cheddar or Velveeta, grated

2 jars of pimento, drained and chopped

8 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon grated vidalia onion

salt to taste

16 slices of good whole-wheat or white bread


Mash cheese, pimento, mayonnaise, honey, grated onion, and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl with a fork until well combined.  Season with salt to taste.  Cover and chill 1 hour for flavors to blend.

Serve on two slices of bread (with crusts removed, if desired).  For an authentic “Masters” touch, serve with a thin slice of sweet vidalia onion and a sprig of watercress on top.

This is also an excellent spread for crackers or a dip for vegetables.

6 thoughts on “Pimiento Cheese With Honey – A Tribute To The Masters’ Tournament

  1. Looks yummy. Nice to connect this with The Masters. 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    I think of it around Derby time, but probably more to do with the fact that the first time I ever had it was at your mother’s. I guess it’s not really a Derby treat. I just associate it with Louisville. Will have to make this recipe.

  3. jmgoyder says:

    Interesting combination!

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  5. notedinnashville says:

    One of my favorite childhood food memories is my aunt making homemade pimiento cheese for me. She asked me if I wanted it mild, spicy, or very spicy. I went with spicy. I think she added jalapenos, but to this day, I’ve been unable to recreate it.

    I love your idea of using Velveeta and adding honey.

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