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Pimento Cheese

Say cheese!

Just like Kentucky is known for hats, horses (and Bourbon, of course), pimento cheese is another foodie favorite that got its origins in this area.

Made of cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos and salt and pepper blended to either a smooth or chunky paste, the spread is most often served as a sandwich or on crackers, celery or chips.

The cheesy spread has even affectionately been dubbed the “caviar of the South.”

And, in the words of Southern Living magazine, it’s “the best thing to happen to the sandwich, well, since sliced bread!”

Pimento cheese recipe (courtesy of the Kentucky Derby Museum cookbook):

  • 1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 4-ounce jar pimentos, chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise

Mix together all of the ingredients. Chill for several hours before serving. Serve with thin wheat crackers, or corn chips, or as a sandwich spread.

Where to find Pimento cheese:

Crescent Hill Craft House

2636 Frankfort Avenue
(502) 895-9400
Try the pimento cheese that's part of the Backwoods Trip app alongside Benedictine and Ham Salad.

The Cheddar Box

3909 Chenoweth Square
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 893-2324

12121 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40243
(502) 245-2622

Dundee Gastropub
2224 Dundee Rd
(502) 458-6637
Pimento Cheese Melt is fun with a side of their famous Dundee Dip for double the cheese fun.

Morris’ Deli
2228 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 458-1668

Garage Bar
700 E. Market Street
Triple-decker pimento cheese sandwich on the snack menu.

1001 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204

Paul’s Fruit Market

4946 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY. 40222
(502) 426-5070

12119 Shelbyville Road
Middletown, KY 40243
(502) 253-0072

3905 Chenoweth Square
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 896-8918

4601 Jennings Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 426-5059

Mussel & Burger Bar
9200 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 384-4834

St. Charles Exchange
113 S. 7th St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 618-1917

Sidebar at Whiskey Row
129 S. 2nd St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 384-1600

350 West Chestnut Street
Rooftop of Hilton Garden Inn
Hot out of the oven pimento cheese hushpuppies with jalapeno sauce.

Wagner’s Pharmacy
3113 S. 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40214
(502) 375-3800

2020 Derby

Kentucky Derby

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