Fact: Southerners love Pimento Cheese. We also love spicy foods.

A few years back, I discovered a distinctly tasty pimento cheese hiding in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Chef Stuart Gates, owner of Vicki’s on Walnut in downtown Hattiesburg, serves up his creamy concoction in popular café sandwiches and catered lunches across the ‘burg, and it’s created quite the stir among locals. Confession: this non-local has a bad habit of stopping in and begging for a to-go tub anytime I pass through town.

Chef-Stuart-GatesChef Stuart Gates

An avid supporter and friend of local farmers, Chef Stu actively supports community and statewide economic development efforts, especially in the culinary sphere, and he seeks to advance his own skills and bring home positive press by participating in culinary competitions. He won a qualifying competition that led him to participate in the World Food Championships Sandwich Competition in Las Vegas last November.

Chef Stu’s Jalapeño Pimento Cheese

We think the secret to Chef Stu’s Jalapeño Pimento Cheese is the double dairy included in this recipe that leads to its altogether creamy consistency – perfect for spreading on crostini and crackers or dipping with chips. It’s the perfect way to dress up a simple BLT or burger slider.

Put quite simply: Chef Stu’s Jalapeño Pimento Cheese is a first round pick for your tailgate dream team.

Good thing he shared the recipe, so you can make it for yourself!

Recipe: Jalapeño Pimento Cheese


  • 1 and 1/2 cups minced jalapeños*
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives (or green onions)
  • 1/2 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
  • 8 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

*For a milder flavor, omit the jalapeños and just add a few splashed of your favorite hot sauce (green tabasco works great).


  1. Mix all ingredients together. Enjoy on a sandwich or with your favorite crackers or chips!

>> Did you know? Southern dairy farmers are mostly small family farms. When you use dairy products from any source, it’s a delicious and healthy addition to your diet AND you are supporting the livelihood of local farmers who contribute to the conservation of local economies – and their land! Learn more at southeastdairy.org.

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