Pimento Cheese Spread

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For those who grew up on real cheese, the rich flavor and texture of Wisconsin cheddar is hard to beat. The pursuit of low-fat variety that even comes close is  tough challenge. Most fat-free cheeses refuse to melt. Luckily, cheese made of 2% milk makes a great compromise and is available in most grocery stores. The sharp cheddar varieties work best in these recipes. Traditional pimento cheese contains shredded cheddar made of 2 % milk with low-fat mayonnaise to produce a good spread with half the fat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-oz.) package 2% milk, sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (7-oz.) jar pimentos, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. reduced-fat mayonnaise
  •  1/4 tsp. dried mustard
  • 2 Tbs. pickle juice

Preparation:

Stir together all ingredients in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Store in refrigerator until needed. Serve as a sandwich or on crackers for a great snack. If refrigerated, this spread will keep about three days.

Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories: 50; Fat: 3.5g; Protein: 2g; Carbohydrates: 3g; Sodium: 320mg.