Hosting a Masters viewing party? Want to make authentic Masters pimento cheese sandwiches? Try my copycat Masters pimento cheese recipe below! It’s a simple recipe to make and perfect for serving on fluffy white bread, just like they’re served at the famed Augusta National Golf Club!
If there is one thing (besides golf) that the Masters golf tournament is known for, it’s their food! Delightfully inexpensive sandwiches like their famous Masters Egg Salad sandwiches and of course, my favorite, the Pimento Cheese sandwich are served up for just $1.50 in thin, green wrappers to spectators to enjoy as they watch the tournament.
My husband was a golf pro for almost a decade and now manages the state tournaments here in Tennessee, so it’s safe to say that we LOVE golf at our house.
In fact, my daughter was born on Masters Sunday (the nurses joked that I should name the baby after the winner… it was Bubba Watson that year – haha). We served these same Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwiches at her 4th (FORE!) golf birthday party!
We always throw a Masters viewing party and serve these exact copycat Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwiches on white bread, just like they do at Augusta. They’re SO simple and just perfect with an ice cold glass of sweet tea and lemonade (referred to as an “Arnold Palmer”).
The original Masters pimento cheese recipe appears in an old Tea Time at the Masters cookbook from the Junior League of Augusta, but the food distribution services have changed over the years at the Masters, so the recipe has slightly varied over the years. This recipe is as close as you can get to the real Masters pimento cheese!
2 Ways to Serve Masters Pimento Cheese
My favorite way? On fluffy white bread! Pimento cheese sandwiches are my favorite!
Another way to serve this pimento cheese recipe? With crackers, pita chips, or crostini as a spread. It’s delicious and EASY!
Masters Pimento Cheese Ingredients
- Cheddar Cheese: I use a yellow sharp cheddar cheese, grated straight from the block. It has the best flavor!
- Monterey Jack Cheese: You can stick to all cheddar cheese if you prefer, or add in some Monterey Jack for creaminess.
- Cream Cheese: Softened to room temperature for easy mixing.
- Pimentos: Be sure they are diced and drained. You can usually find them at the grocery store in 4 ounce jars, but feel free to add more in if you like!
- Mayonnaise: Want that true Southern pimento cheese? Grab Duke’s brand mayonnaise!
- Onion Powder & Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper: Feel free to add more if you like a little heat! Or spice it up with jalapeños.
- Salt & Pepper: To taste
Fun Fact: Did you know the price of the sandwiches at the Masters tournament hasn’t changed since 2003? $1.50 then and now!
How to Make Masters Pimento Cheese
This Masters’ famous pimento cheese is truly such an easy recipe! It’s a matter of shredded the cheeses, being sure your cream cheese is softened (leave at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour) and then mixing well! It’s that easy!
Leftover Masters’ pimento cheese? No problem! These 3 recipes use pimento cheese and are FABULOUS Southern appetizers you will surely love!
Hosting friends? Want a true taste of the Masters right at home? Why not make BOTH the famous Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwiches AND the Masters Egg Salad Sandwiches! Alternate them on a pretty silver platter served on a classic green check tablecloth, I mean… the sandwiches might be simple but it IS the Masters, we can add a touch of fancy! ;)
What to Serve with Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwiches?
- Masters Egg Salad Sandwiches
- Augusta’s Famous Green Jacket Salad
- Arnold Palmers (mix sweet tea & lemonade)
- Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches
Serving a crowd? This recipe makes 6 sandwiches (or 12 sandwich halves) but you can hit the 2x button below to easily double your ingredients to make 12 sandwiches (or 24 sandwich halves) for a party!
Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwiches
- 3 cups cheddar cheese - shredded
- 1 1/2 cups monterey jack cheese - shredded
- 6 ounces cream cheese - softened
- 1 4 ounce jar diced pimentos - drained
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper - to taste
- 12 slices white bread
- In a mixing bowl, combine cheeses, cream cheese, diced pimentos, mayonnaise, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne powder. Stir to mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste, as desired.
- Spread 6 slices white bread with pimento cheese. Top with remaining 6 slices white bread. Cut each sandwich on the diagonal and serve.
- Store leftover Masters pimento cheese in the refrigerator. Also enjoy leftover pimento cheese with chips, pita chips, crackers, veggie slices, etc.