Pimento Cheese is one of my favorite treats! I make my version a light pimento cheese using greek yogurt instead of mayo.
I’ve had a long standing love affair with Pimento Cheese. My very southern grandmother Bea would keep the creamy spread in her fridge and make grilled cheese sandwiches with it. After grilling she’d pull open the slices to reveal the creamy melted cheese and put huge slice of Tennessee tomato in the middle. When I stopped eating meat in High School, she decided this was the perfect meal for me and she made it often. You can imagine my cheese loving heart had no complaints about that!
Yes, it takes just as good as it sounds.
My Bea kept a pre-packaged version of Pimento Cheese but as I got older I figured out how easy it was to make my own! A bit later as I was starting to learn to eat healthier I started to swap out the traditional recipes mayonnaise with greek yogurt. The result is my tried and true Light Pimento Cheese recipe. I’ve been making this recipe for years.
For those of you not from the south or unfamiliar with this delicacy, it’s basically shredded sharp cheddar cheese with added pimento peppers from the jar. It’s traditionally made creamy by none other than Duke’s mayonnaise… but as I mentioned I wanted to make my version a big better for you.
After some experimentation I’ve figured the best ratio is half plain greek yogurt and half olive oil based mayo. The proportions keep the traditional full flavor while still adds the nutrition of the greek yogurt. Honestly you’d probably never realize a swap was made.
You can also sub out all the mayo for greek yogurt but expect the taste to be slightly different. Either way is still good!
Serve my light Pimento Cheese at a party with vegetables and crackers like shown or use it to make a sandwich. It’s also a brilliant topping on a homemade veggie burger.
Or you can keep is super southern and copy my grandmother’s grilled cheese and tomato idea. It’s downright delicious!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Click over for the recipe and pinable image.—>