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Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

A classic southern appetizer with a kick of a twist.

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Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

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 Breton’s 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.

I took the boxes of crackers with me for the ladies to enjoy and they were picking up boxes and reading the labels, thrilled that these yummy crackers were gluten-free!

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.

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

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.

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

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.

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

Seed and mince a jalapeno pepper. Stir the minced pepper into the spread.

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

This spread is a thing of beauty, but just like you can’t paint without a canvas – you need something to serve this with. I recommend Breton’s flavorful gluten-free crackers.

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

Breton has a line of four different varieties of gluten-free crackers.

Herb & Garlic – these are full of flavor and you can eat them topped or just as they are.

The Original gluten-free with flax – Made with arrowroot flour and green lentil flour, with that classic, wholesome Breton flavor – you’ll find it hard to believe they’re gluten-free.

And then Breton also makes two varieties of bean based crackers – Black Bean with Onion & Garlic and White Bean with Salt & Pepper. Not only are these gluten-free, but with beans being the #1 ingredient, each serving contains 2 grams each of fiber and protein! They are also low in saturated fat, contain no artificial colors or flavors, no cholesterol and are trans-fat free…and I might add guilt-free.

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These crackers taste so good, you can eat them all by themselves.

Whatever your need, from elegant entertaining to a healthy snack, you kind find just what you need with this variety of gluten-free flavors and textures.

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

All of these Breton crackers are certified gluten free by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten Free Certification Program, so you can enjoy them without worries.

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

Find out more about Breton Gluten-Free Crackers on their Website, and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread
A classic southern appetizer with a kick of a twist.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Combine the diced pimento peppers, cheeses, mayonnaise, salt & pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix until it is combined.
  2. Stir in the minced jalapeno pepper.
  3. Serve with Breton Gluton-Free Crackers or dipping veggies.
    Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

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.

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