Recipes From the South
Cheese Pie

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, I have decided to change things up a bit. Most of us have in our minds on what we will be serving for the holiday, and so I thought it might be appreciated by some if I was to share a few of my family favorites. Last week I shared a variation of a more popular recipe: sweet potato casserole. This week, I’m sharing something that many have likely never tried.

Passed down from generation to generation, cheese pie is more than a family tradition. Growing up in the South, we had cheese pie for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Sunday gatherings, family reunions…honestly, it was served any old time. It’s one of those dishes you hope there’s plenty left over because hot or cold, cheese pie is downright delicious. Not to be confused with the dessert made with cream cheese and graham crackers, cheese pie consists of saltine (Zesta is our choice) crackers, cheddar cheese (the sharper the better), eggs and milk

Cheese Pie


  • Box of saltine crackers (Zesta if available)
  • 1 – 1 ¼ pound cheddar cheese
  • Quart milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Black pepper for seasoning
  • 1 stick of butter
Method: Bake
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Serving Size: About 8-10
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease casserole dish.
  • Crumble crackers and spread in bottom of dish, top with ¼ inch slices of cheese.
  • Alternate with layers of cheese and saltine crackers, finishing layers with crackers. Set aside.
  • Beat two eggs thoroughly and add to 1 quart of milk, salt and pepper. You may want to add a little more milk.
  • Pour egg mixture into layered dish, making sure to coat each cracker with liquid. Egg mixture should come just below the top layer of crackers. If needed, add more milk at the sides of the dish.
  • Top with generous slices of butter.
  • Bake one hour or until inserted knife comes out clean. Crackers should be golden and crispy.
  • NOTE: You may want to cover during baking to keep saltines from browning too much.
  • NOTE: You may use grated cheese in place of sliced cheese, using 1 – 1 ½ cups of cheese per layer.
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