Columbia, SC Dog

Columbia, SC Dog: Pimiento Cheese, Yellow Mustard and Diced Onions

Pimiento cheese is a Southern classic, and its sharp creaminess turns out to be a natural with hot dogs.


Hot Dogs

Pimiento Cheese

  • 4 ounces extra-sharp white cheddar, finely grated
  • 4 ounces extra-sharp yellow cheddar, finely grated
  • ½ cup pimientos, drained and finely chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper


Hot Dogs

  1. Grill hot dogs to desired doneness.
  2. Arrange hot dogs in toasted buns and spread a spoonful of pimiento cheese over each.
  3. Top each with a drizzle of mustard and a scattering of onions

Pimiento Cheese

This classic Southern spread is equally delicious with crackers or crudités or as a sandwich spread—try it with grilled chicken breast, ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced onions, and crisp lettuce.

Makes about 1½ cups

  1. Combine the cheeses, pimientos, and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl and stir together well.
  2. Season to taste with salt and plenty of pepper.
  3. Pack into a small crock and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours for flavors to develop.
  5. Bring to room temperature before serving.