Sunday, June 13, 2010

Reduced-Fat Pimento Cheese

I really love pimento cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches, and the full fat version of pimento cheese is outrageously high in calories. It's 9 WW points per serving just for the pimento cheese if you made it full fat. If you make it reduced in fat, it's only 4 WW points per serving. That's 5 WW points less!! This recipe is great for weight watchers, and I'm currently on weight watchers and this is a nice treat to eat once in a while without feeling quite so guilty about it. :)

Six 2.5 oz. servings
WW Points: 4 points per serving

* 3 oz. light cream cheese
* 4 oz. / 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese (I used Sargento Reduced-Fat 4 cheese mexican blend)
* 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
* 1/4 tsp crushed garlic, or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
* 1/4 cup pimentos, or chopped roasted red peppers (I used the roasted red peppers, it was very good in flavour)
* salt and pepper to taste

Place 3 oz. cream cheese in a small bowl, and microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power.

In a medium size bowl mix with a whisk together cream cheese, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and garlic paste.

Clean off whisk, and using a spoon mix in the pimentos/red peppers and shredded cheese until combined thoroughly. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set up. However, if you plan to make grilled cheese with the pimento cheese, you can use it right away.

Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

If you make grilled cheese sandwiches with this awesome pimento cheese, be sure to use a reduced-fat butter spread on each slice of bread.

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