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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
Ingredients
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
Preparation
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.



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15 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. http://su.pr/1bZ8fp
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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