Recipe Box, Spinach & Pimiento Cheese Gratin

This recipe combines a steak house favorite

Creamed Spinach

with a Southern Staple,

Pimiento Cheese

Most of the guys I know hate Pimiento Cheese

I think they feel like it’s a girly girl dish

served at teas and showers

which is truly silly

So to humor HHjr

who has a aversion to mayonnaise AND pimiento cheese

I used roasted red peppers

mainly because Target didn’t have pimientos {really Target??]

and he loved it!

It looks like a lot of ingredients

{pretend you see milk too}

But it’s really easy to make

You can use either pimientos or roasted red peppers

Saute the onion until golden

Then add cream cheese and stir to melt

Add spinach, milk, sour cream, mustard and mayonnaise and stir to combine

Drain and chop peppers or pimientos

Combine them with egg and 3/4 of each cheese

Take a spoonful of the warm spinach mixture and stir it into the cheese mixture to temper the egg

Now combine the cheese mixture with the rest of the spinach in the skillet

Turn it into a greased or sprayed baking dish and top with remaining cheese

At this point you can refrigerate the dish for up to 24 hours.  Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until set and golden.  Baking time will depend on temperature of dish

Spinach & Pimiento Cheese Gratin

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2 10 oz. pkg frozen spinach thawed, and squeezed dry
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 oz whipped cream cheese at room temp
  • 1/2 cup milk {2% or whole}
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 T mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2-4 oz. drained chopped pimiento or roasted red peppers {use as much as you like}
  • 3 oz. extra sharp cheddar grated
  • 3 oz. Vermont white cheddar grated
  • Salt & pepper


  • Saute onion in butter and olive oil for 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and cook 1 minute and remove from heat.
  • Stir cream cheese into onions until it melts and blends. Stir in spinach, milk, sour cream, mayonnaise and mustard. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Mix egg with pimiento or peppers and add 3/4 of each cheese. Mix a spoonful of the warm spinach mixture into the cheese mix to temper the egg. Now add the cheese mix to the spinach in the skillet, stir to combine, and transfer it to a lightly greased baking dish. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking if desired.
  • Top with reserved cheese. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes
Keyword baked spinach, cheesy spinach, spinach & pimiento cheese bake, spinach casserole, spinach gratin

This recipe is adapted from Southern Living

Just tell the guys it’s Creamed Spinach

they’ll never know you used the dreaded Pimiento Cheese!

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27 Responses to “Recipe Box, Spinach & Pimiento Cheese Gratin”
  1. thefrenchhutch says:

    This dish looks like a lot but it sure is easy to put together and it sounds delicious. We would both love this. I bet your HHjr was happy with this dish. And, a good comfort food during all this dreary weather (well not where you are, I hope) and rain. Hope you have a great weekend……….

  2. CoziNest says:

    Whatโ€™s up with pimento not being on the shelves of Publix? Roasted red peppers are perfect. You are the cook I wish I could be!

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    Comfort food, yummy.

  4. Yummy comfort food for this weather! I love roasted red peppers and pimiento cheese. Have a wonderful Thursday, Jenna!

  5. Jodi says:


  6. Charlotte Hall says:

    Oh, Jenna, this looks heavenly. And fortunately, my guy loves Pimiento cheese! Traveling soon to Perry Ga (FMCA rally). Will definitely be taking this recipe along to make! Thanks for sharing!

  7. That’s another winner, Jenna!

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    Looks good, Jenna! โค๏ธ

  9. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! It sounds scrumptious, and it would be perfect on my low carb diet. I think I may make it this weekend!

  10. Cyndi Raines says:

    Looks good with all that wonderful cheese. Wish we had a taste button, lol, will share with my sister as she loves spinach and then I can taste hers. I only eat spinach in salads but this is tempting. Thanks Jenna.

  11. This sounds great Jenna! I’ve been craving spinach lately… Oh, and cheese is always a good idea too:@)

  12. Looks yummy – I want to move in with you !!

  13. OMG! Two of my favorite recipes combined! I thought I had tried all of the uses for pimiento cheese (one of my most favorite things on the planet), but obviously not. LOVE this! Pinning. Trying. Love you in advance!

  14. Mary says:

    Jenna, My hubby is a cheese-aholic and pimento cheese is always in our fridge. I was planning on making some this week and actually had a hard time finding pimentos at my local grocery store too…so strange. Love this combined with spinach!

  15. Nancy says:

    Looks delish! Comfort from start to finish!

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