Is There A Good Vegan Pimento Cheese Recipe?

There are certain foods I’m just hardwired to love. Good old southern pimento cheese is the food monkey that won’t get off my back. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. I love it in a sandwich, toasted with tomato, on a cracker, and as a condiment. But my love affair with pimento cheese ends when I look at the calories, fat, and dairy.

Eating a plant based diet hasn’t been that hard, so my question follows.

Is there a really good vegan pimento cheese recipe? How hard could it be to adapt this fat laden, cheesy goodness into a healthier plant based dish?

As a pimento cheese connoisseur, I had to look closely at the individual parts to even come close to making this a viable alternative.

It also needs to be easy to make and serve at a party with non-vegans.

To pull this off, each dairy/mayo replacement needs to taste as much like the real thing as possible. Some vegan cream cheeses taste sweet, some vegan cheese shreds have a funny texture, and some vegan mayonnaise brands are like gelatin.

Pimento cheese should also be made with a block of cheese shredded, not the pre-shredded kind.

I took the convenience of buying a pre-shredded style vegan cheese.  The same brand is available in a small block, and I’ll probably use that next time. After years of taste testing vegan substitutes on the market, there are only a few I will bother buying if I really crave or need something for a recipe. I’ve noted the specific brands in the recipe below.

Also if you haven’t already noticed, I’m not a professional food photographer. Good food making is messy!

Vegan Pimento Cheese
Vegan Pimento Cheese

Vegan Sriracha Pimento Cheese Recipe

Serves 12

  • 1 8 oz. container of Tofutti cream cheese
  • 1 4 oz. container of chopped pimentos divided in half
  • 2 medium cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups Daiya Cheddar style  vegan shreds
  • 1/4 cup of Just Mayo brand vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of sriracha or hot sauce of your choice
  1. Allow the cream cheese to soften to room temperature so it’s easy to mix
  2. Blend half the pimentos and all the garlic until a smooth puree, then mix the puree into the softened cream cheese.
  3.  Add the remaining ingredients to the cream cheese mixture and stir until smooth.
  4. Chill until ready to serve.
Diced Pimento and Garlic
Diced Pimento and Garlic

 

pimento, garlic, and cream cheese
pimento, garlic, and cream cheese

The Tofutti cream cheese, Just Mayo, and Daiya Cheddar shreds have a taste and texture very similar to real pimento cheese. The recipe also melts well which is important if you’re making a grilled pimento cheese sandwich. I don’t include the calories or fat because there’s no disguising this as a low fat treat.

At least when the pimento cheese monkey on my back calls out late at night, I have a plant based answer!

Don’t forget to post this yummy vegan pimento cheese recipe to your favorite Pinterest board!

Happy Gardening!

~Haynes

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