This is a simple, delicious Olive Pimento Cheese Recipe.
This Olive Pimento Cheese Recipe has been passed down to me from my Great Grandmother.
It is simple, easy, and incredibly delicious. Serve it over Rye Bread, Pumpernickel, French Bread, or crackers. If you are on a low carb diet, eat this on veggies. It is a special favorite recipe to my family, and I hope it will become a favorite in your home too.
Growing up, my mother went all out for the holidays. She typically did not indulge my brothers and I with lots of sweets and junk food. We ate rather healthy. On the holidays however, she would make tons of desserts, appetizers, and homemade snacks that were incredible. Special dishes were part of every holiday celebration. She would make enough to eat throughout the whole week. This olive pimento cheese recipe was one of the little goodies that she would make.
It is AMAZING!
It is thicker and richer than the typical pimento cheese recipe. It also has little sharp bite and tons of flavor.
The recipe came from my Great Grandmother Marie Kriz pictured in the right of my Grandmother Bonnie Kriz’s wedding picture.
I never had the opportunity to meet her because she passed away before I was born. But I am told that she was a kind, loving, thoughtful woman. My mother would spend hours with her cooking and baking. Being the first child in a family of six children, my mother often felt missed and looked over as a child. However, my Great Grandmother Marie made my mother feel loved, special, and important. My mother treasures those moments and memories. My mother loved her dearly and she remains one of my mother’s favorite people.
My mother says that when my great grandmother made this cheese spread, she only used the pimentos, not olives. However, my great grandmother used the pimentos from the olive jar so that they would have the olive taste instead of the sweeter taste that the classic plain pimento flavor has. My mother started incorporating the olives when she made it for us.
Because I grew up eating this cheese spread with the olives, I kept the olives in this recipe. I love the salty bite the olives give this cheese spread.
When I make this easy recipe it disappears…. So BEWARE! You may want to double the recipe.
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- 16 oz medium sharp cheese
- ½ jar 5.75 green olives with pimentos, drain juice, reserve 2 tbs of olive juice
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbs freshly grated onion
- Freshly grate cheese. (This really makes a difference in taste versus buying it pre-shredded.)
- Chop green olives.
- Mix cheese, mayonnaise, and olive juice until creamy.
- Add in olives and onion.
- Mix until well blended.
- Serve or store in refrigerator until ready to serve.