Guilt-free pimento cheese is a song-worthy spread

12/11/2012 6:57 AM

08/08/2014 10:13 AM

Who knew there was a hit song in every pimento cheese sandwich?

At least that’s the word at Keith Urban’s co-songwriter Monty Powell reveals that a fried pimento cheese sandwich is just what the Grammy-Award winning singer needs to get past his mid-morning slump.

Although a fine snack to get the creative juices flowing, it’s not necessarily kind to the waistline. The Southern classic is a mash-up of mayo and cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses. Even when it’s spread on celery sticks, it’s hardly diet food.

But The Star’s Guilt-Free Pimento Cheese Spread makes some strategic substitutions, including protein-rich Greek yogurt and light whipped cream cheese in place of the mayo, and a much smaller amount of reduced-fat shredded cheese.

Serving suggestions: Mound in cherry tomatoes or serve as a dip for crudites at a holiday party. For a school lunch or after-school snack, spread on whole-wheat crackers or on whole-grain bread.

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