Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pimento cheese: A healthier version

I am always looking for a party spread or dip to take to parties that is gluten free. One of my favorites is a variation of an old standby-pimento cheese. There is absolutely nothing like it. It is pimento cheese but with a fresh new flavor. I used to buy the pimento cheese I found in the dairy case at the grocery store but now I am hooked on this pimento cheese recipe. It is healthier than the regular version.

Serve with corn chips, gluten free crackers or as a dip with fresh vegetables, including celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and more.

Herbed pimiento cheese dip or spread
1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt, softened

1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise 
4 ounces nonfat cream cheese 
1/3 cup nonfat ricotta cheese

2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (or other herbs of your choice)
1 seven-ounce jar of pimentos, drained
12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated 
Salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl mix the yogurt, mayonnaise and cream cheese and ricotta together until smooth and creamy. Add the onions, herbs and pimentos. Add the grated cheddar until well mixed. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving so the flavor will be enhanced.

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