Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr; Leigh Ann Ross
14 appetizer servings (serving size: 1 tablespoon cheese mixture and 1 bread slice)

Reducing the fat in pimiento cheese is as easy as substituting fat-free cream cheese, reduced-fat Cheddar and low-fat mayonnaise for the full-fat products. And you can kick up the flavor with Worcestershire sauce, red pepper and smoked paprika.

How to Make It

Place cream cheese in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Stir in mayonnaise, onion, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Add cheddar cheese, pecans, and pimiento; stir well. Cover and chill up to 3 hours. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Serve with bread.

Ratings & Reviews

dedo1972's Review

March 19, 2012
I needed a pantry go to appetizer for a GNO movie night. I didn't have pimiento, so I used roasted red peppers instead. This was the first appetizer to disappear! Love it will keep this one in my go to file!

hoboshm's Review

December 15, 2010
This went quickly at an appetizer/dessert potluck. I mixed by hand, not machine, which gave a coarser texture that I had to correct by adding more (lite) mayo than recipe called for. I served celery sticks (pre-filled) surrounding a bowl with more of the recipe, and cocktail pumpernickel bread. I was amazed to see the celery disappear faster than the bread! Good flavor with enough interest and zing to keep people coming back for more. I sprinkled the bowl of cheese & celery stix w/smoked paprika. Will be happy to take this to more potlucks and serve to guests at home. Next time I may skip the bread. The celery is more appetizing--really. Crunchy, cool, creamy, cheesy all at the same time.

swimkev's Review

December 25, 2009
This is the best pimiento cheese I have ever had! I have made this many times and now take some liberties with the ingredients, increasing the onion, pecans and Worcestershire to taste (at least a teaspoon of each). I also no longer bother with whipping the cream cheese, I just mix it well with a fork first. I'm not sure it will convert pimiento-haters, but it's close!

Hughsno1's Review

August 23, 2009
LOVE THIS! It's great as a dip or on a sandwich!