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Lightened-Up Pimiento Cheese Recipe

September 02, 2011

Since it’s Labor Day weekend (and the start of college football), I thought I would share a lightened-up version of pimiento cheese perfect for a game day appetizer, Labor Day picnic, or weekend snack with crackers. Most of our friends will be at the Alabama game, Auburn game, the lake or the beach (that is how it goes around here in the south). I will be at the Auburn game because my daughter’s cheerleading team gets to cheer during the Auburn halftime show. How cool is that? Anyway, this Lightened-Up Pimiento Cheese uses Greek yogurt and mayonnaise. It tastes great, and no one will know the difference. I also like to add smoked paprika or chipotle seasoning for an added kick. Have a great, safe weekend!

Lightened-Up Pimiento Cheese Recipe

Prep: 20 minutes with chill time 3 hours
Yield: 14 appetizer servings
3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimiento, drained
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon finely grated onion
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (8-ounce) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1 (8-ounce) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 Smoked paprika or chipotle seasoning (optional)
1 Crackers
1. Stir together first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in cheese. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week. Top with smoked paprika or chipotle seasoning, if desired. Serve with crackers.


16 Responses to “Lightened-Up Pimiento Cheese Recipe”
Kelley says:
September, 02 2011at 07:56 am
I LOVE pimento cheese. Maybe my favorite thing about the south! Have a great weekend!!
September, 02 2011at 09:17 am
this looks wonderful + super tailgate/cookout-friendly. that's fabulous news about your daughter's cheerleading team, by the way - what a great experience that will be for her!
September, 02 2011at 10:42 am
Of course we love pimento cheese around here! I make it very often and it never lasts long. Like the idea of a little Worcestershire and onion in it, too.
Elle says:
September, 02 2011at 10:55 am
This sounds delicious! I like that there's no olive in it. When I was a kid, the kind my mom always got had olives in it.
Amy says:
September, 02 2011at 11:01 am
this is on my weekend list!!
Sarah says:
September, 02 2011at 11:01 am
Have a great trip!! Loving your site!!
Jeanette says:
September, 02 2011at 11:09 am
Love this lightened up version of this traditionally rich dip! Happy Labor Day!
September, 02 2011at 11:50 am
Seriously, this looks like something I could take a nap with. o.m.g.
September, 02 2011at 01:25 pm
What a great recipe! My husband loves pimento cheese and I always hesitate to make it because it's so rich and high in calories. I love your lightened up version, will have to try it out soon! Have an awesome time at the Auburn game! Wish we were going to the season opener so that I could catch up with you :)
September, 02 2011at 03:46 pm
I have wanted to make pimiento cheese for a long time and am so happy to see a lightened up version. Perfect for football season!
Maria says:
September, 02 2011at 05:03 pm
Love the light version and I love that bowl:)
September, 02 2011at 06:11 pm
What a great idea! Pimento cheese is a staple in my family. Now, to persuade my family to try it. ;-)
September, 03 2011at 01:56 pm
That looks fabulous. Will have to give this one a try.
marla says:
September, 04 2011at 05:00 pm
Alison, this dip looks great! Have a wonderful long weekend. I would love if you added this and any other links to my "Happy Post" today.
September, 29 2011at 09:52 am
I just found this on the Football Friday linky and I'm so happy I did. I like pimento cheese and a lightened version is destined to be a good friend of mine. Thanks for sharing it!
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