A classic southern appetizer with a kick of a twist.
I have a group of ladies that get together on a regular basis and we take turns bringing snacks and refreshments. One of the challenges that I find, is that a couple of the ladies adhere to strict gluten-free diets. It seems that they are often confined to just having fruit or maybe not indulging in any snacks at all.
This week, I prepared a classic southern recipe… pimento cheese spread, and gave it my own twist with some fresh, minced jalapeno peppers. I served this spread with gluten free crackers. It was a fantastic hit, and people were asking for the recipe and commenting on the flavor of the crackers left and right – even those who don’t adhere to gluten free diets.
How to Make Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread
To begin, dice 2 tablespoons of jarred pimentos. You can find these in the grocery store near the jarred peppers, pickles & olives and often in the Hispanic section of the store as well.
In a mixing bowl, combine 4 ounces of room temperature, reduced fat cream cheese, 5 ounces each of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese.
Add in the diced pimentos, 1/2 teaspoon each of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper and 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. Mix until these are all combined.
Seed and mince a jalapeno pepper. Stir the minced pepper into the spread.
Serve this with your favorite crackers, toasted bread, veggies…oh the possibilities are endless!
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- 2 Tb jarred pimento peppers, diced
- 4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
- 5 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 5 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 1/4 c mayonnaise (use a paleo-friendly brand such as Primal Kitchen)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- Breton Gluten-Free Crackers or veggies for serving
- Combine the diced pimento peppers, cheeses, mayonnaise, salt & pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix until it is combined.
- Stir in the minced jalapeno pepper.
- Serve with Breton Gluton-Free Crackers or dipping veggies.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
This data was estimated and provided by Nutritionix. Accuracy not guaranteed.