Are there foods that you wouldn’t touch as a kid that you later realized were actually really tasty? There are several things on that list for me, but one of my adult-discovered favorites is pimento cheese. Looking through random recipes one day, I realized that with the addition of a little spice, pimento cheese had a lot of potential! By adding the jalapenos for just the right kick and using a good quality cheddar cheese, I turned pimento cheese into one of my favorite snacks or lunches. I really think you’ll love it too! ~Tracy
8 oz. softened cream cheese*
¾ c. mayonnaise (don’t use Miracle Whip)*
1 T. Sriracha sauce
3 T. finely chopped yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp. celery salt
¼ tsp. kosher salt
3 T. finely chopped pickled jalapeno
1/3 c. chopped roasted red peppers
2 chopped scallions (using all of white and approx ½ of greens)
1 8 oz. block reduced fat sharp white cheddar, grated (equal to about 4 cups)*
toasted French bread or crackers for serving
In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, mayonnaise, and Sriracha. Stir in onion, garlic, celery salt, and kosher salt. Add the jalapeno, scallions, and red peppers. Stir gently to avoid breaking up the peppers further. Finally, gently stir in the cheddar cheese. Serve on toasted French bread or with crackers. Refrigerate unused portion.
Note: Depending on the level of spiciness you like, you can add more or less jalapeno. Keep in mind that jalapenos sometimes become a bit more spicy the longer they sit within a mixture.
*Use either Fat-free mayo and cream cheese or reduced-fat mayo and cream cheese (see WW Info. below for points). Both versions were figured using reduced-fat cheddar.
WW Info: 5 points per half-cup serving on all three plans if using fat free mayo & cream cheese; 8 points per half-cup serving on all plans if use reduced fat mayo & cream cheese. Both points values are figured with reduced-fat cheddar. Points values do not include crackers or bread.
WW Info: If use fat free mayo and cream cheese, this recipe is 5 ww points on all plans for a 1/2 c. serving; with reduced fat mayo and cream cheese, it’s 8 ww points on all plans for a 1/2 c. serving. Makes 8 servings. Bread or crackers not included in points.