Make Ahead

Pimento Cheese {Slightly Lower in Calories}

October  4, 2022
2 Ratings
Photo by Ellie | fit for the soul
  • Makes about 2 cups
Author Notes

Instead of the nearly 1 cup of mayo variety, why not try pimento cheese that tastes just as good but is lower in calories? Give it a go with toasted rye bread, cayenne pepper, and a slice of tomato. It is life changing. —Ellie Betzen

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup pieced or chopped havarti cheese
  • 1 ounce jar diced pimientos, reserve water
  • 1/4 cup mayo (I love Kewpie)
  • 3 tablespoons reserved pimiento water
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • sprinkle cayenne pepper (optional)
  • toasted rye bread slices (or veggies for dipping)
  • sliced tomato (optional)
  1. Mix the cheddar shreds, pieces of havarti, pimiento, and mayo. Mix vigorously with a wooden spoon or spatula so as to get the flavors melding thoroughly. In a separate cup, mix dry milk powder with the 3 tbsp of water from the pimiento jar and dissolve.
  2. Add liquified milk powder into the cheese mixture, sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper, lemon juice, garlic powder, paprika, and mix until creamy and it resembles a dip. Spread on toast, sprinkle with a bit of cayenne if you like the spicy kick followed by a slice of tomato, or pair with cruciferous vegetables, celery, or carrot sticks. Pimento cheese can even be added into cold sandwiches or as the sole ingredient in grilled cheese!

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  • Anne Camp
    Anne Camp
  • Ellie Betzen
    Ellie Betzen

2 Reviews

Anne C. August 18, 2017
What "weight" cheese (8 oz? 16?)
How much milk powder?
Ellie B. August 18, 2017
I am so sorry Anne! I'll have to fix that! On my blog I wrote it correctly but here I forgot to say it's 1/4 c dry milk powder. And I'm not too good with weight measurements but....I think it would be abooooout 6-7 oz cheddar and 1 oz havarti? :) hank you and hope you love it!!!!!