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.
This homemade light pimento cheese recipe uses a healthy swap but still tastes delicious.
- 2 cups shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup plain 0% greek yogurt *
- 1/4 cup light olive oil based mayonnaise *
- 4 ounce jar chopped pimentos drained
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
*You can also sub out all of the mayo for greek yogurt but the taste will be slightly different.
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This 2013 recipe got a makeover in September 2017! This is what it used to look like.
Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing the first part of my series on my trip to Alaska.
Do you know about the wonders of pimento cheese?