Lightened-Up Pimento Cheese
The “paté of the South,” pimento cheese is the epitome of a picnic treat. Don’t be tempted to use pre-grated cheese; the result won’t be creamy enough. Try this slathered on a celery stick, on bread or crackers, or straight from the bowl on a spoon. It can be made a day in advance.
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
8 ounces low-fat Cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
1/2 small-to-medium Vidalia onion, grated (about 1/3 cup)
2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons low-fat Greek-style yogurt
4 ounces jarred pimentos, drained and finely chopped
Dash hot pepper sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine the cheese, onion, mayonnaise and yogurt in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the pimentos and hot sauce, and stir to evenly distribute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 4 cups.
Per 2-tablespoon serving: 50 calories, 4 g protein, 0 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber, 0 g sugar.