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The Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwich Spread Recipe

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

Pimento cheese sandwich

Pimento cheese sandwich

The Masters Golf Tournament

If Augusta, Georgia, is no place to be, why are Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, and Rickie Fowler hanging around town? It's time for the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, traditionally held the first full week of April when spring in the Southeast is putting on a show as spectacular as the tournament itself.

The Masters is one of four major pro golf tournaments, and it is the only one held at the same venue every year. That venue is the Augusta National Golf Club, a private club and course in Augusta, Georgia. The course was designed by pro-golfer Bobby Jones, who established the club in the early 1930s and soon after co-founded The Masters Golf Tournament with Clifford Roberts. Through the years, the venue has featured world-class golfers such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicholas, and Arnold Palmer.

Food at the Masters Golf Tournament

Just like fair or circus food, the Masters has its own style of food. The sandwiches available are dirt cheap, all under $3. Specialties like Georgia peach ice cream sandwiches pop up from year to year. Water and sodas are available, and up until 4:00 p.m., you can buy beer. Whatever happened to "it's five o'clock somewhere?"

One of the most popular sandwiches at the tournament has traditionally been old Southern-style homemade pimento cheese. A couple of years ago, for whatever reason, the chef who usually makes the pimento cheese didn't come to the event.

Disappointed reporters and other attendees really missed the famed pimento cheese spread. It is said that the chef refuses to share his recipe. Hearing this news tidbit got me thinking. How long had it been since I strolled into the old drug store lunch counter? The one that served hotdogs and hamburgers with homemade chili and creamy coleslaw? The grilled pimento cheese sandwiches came with dill pickle garnishes and potato chips or French fries. The only thing else you needed was a tall glass of iced sweet tea.

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

Paula Deen's sons have helped their Savannah, Georgia, native mom open a couple of fantastic restaurants and share many great recipes online and in published books. I used Bobby Deen's pimento cheese recipe to create a bit of a lighter version just by substituting low-fat cream cheese. I also wanted mine a little more on the spicy side, so I added some cayenne pepper. It was delicious both as a sandwich spread and a dip.

Pimento cheese spread makes a delicious dip for veggies

Pimento cheese spread makes a delicious dip for veggies


  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey jack, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, light
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paula Deen's house seasoning (recipe below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup pimentos, chopped

Paula Deen's House Seasoning

Yield: 2 cups

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup black pepper


  1. Set out the cream cheese to soften.
  2. Cream the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer.
  3. Add other indredients. Mix well with mixer.

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