Tomato-Pimento Cheese Shortcakes - Carolina Country

Tomato-Pimento Cheese Shortcakes With Black-Peppered Whipped Cream

3.8/5 rating (10 votes)
Tomato-Pimento Cheese Shortcakes

Ahhh … juicy NC summer tomatoes, how we love thee. Since they don’t need much fuss’n over, this simple shortcake is just right for breakfast, brunch or as a side with a juicy steak. A dollop of savory cream is the crowning glory.


  • 3¼ cups biscuit mix
  • 1 cup thick pimento cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (Duke’s preferred)
  • ½ cup club soda
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • About 14 large tomatoes, diced
  • ¾ cup minced sweet onion
  • 4 tablespoons preferred oil
  • 4 tablespoons preferred vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup each chopped basil and oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Whipped cream
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese with chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Herbs to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine shortcake ingredients and drop by heaping tablespoon onto prepared baking pan. Spread flat with back of spoon. 

  2. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool.

  3. Stir all filling ingredients together least one hour before serving. Spoon filling over 12 shortcakes, covering each with second cake.

  4. For topping, whip cream and cream cheese until thickened. Blend in pepper.

  5. Top shortcakes with dollop of whipped cream and garnish with fresh herbs.

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Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at

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Comments (2)

  • This might be delicious but I think the recipe for the pimento cheese shortcake is missing some much needed liquid. Probably needs a 1-1 1/2 cups of milk or water. You can barely mix all the flour in as it is written now. I wasted a lot of ingredients trying this as it is written.

    Jean |
    July 11, 2018 |

  • Hey Jean ... I'm sorry you had a problem with the recipe! The moisture is comparable to biscuit mix package recipes once the mayonnaise and pimento cheese is combined with the club soda. The batter/shortcakes are meant to be a bit more "dense" than a fluffy biscuit to be able to handle the juices from the tomato filling. But if you find adding more liquid works better, by all means, go for it! If you have any specific questions for me, I will be happy to try and answer for you. Thanks for being a reader and for trying the recipe. Wendy

    Wendy Perry |
    July 15, 2018 |

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