Greek Pimento Cheese Spread

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A healthier, no-mayo twist on the traditional pimento cheese spread.  Greek yogurt and feta cheese are the stars of this show!

Greek Pimento Cheese - a twist on the traditional southern pimento cheese spread, using Greek yogurt and feta!In celebration of my sweet blogging friend, Nicole (Prevention, RD), and her upcoming addition to her family, a few other bloggers and I are gathering for a virtual baby shower.  Yay!  Happy baby shower day, Nicole!

Prevention RD Virtual Baby Shower

My contribution to Nicole’s shower is this Greek Pimento Cheese, which is almost your traditional pimento cheese with a couple of changes.  One of our favorite local restaurants serves the best pimento cheese appetizer and it includes feta cheese.  I was trying to recreate their spread with a twist that I know Nicole would do — substitute the mayo for Greek yogurt.  🙂

Greek Pimento Cheese - a twist on the traditional southern pimento cheese spread, using Greek yogurt and feta!I absolutely love my recipe for a traditional Pimento cheese (recipe coming soon), but I have to say it will be hard to decide now on whether I’ll make that version or this one.  I guess it’s good to vary it up!

Greek Pimento Cheese - a twist on the traditional southern pimento cheese spread, using Greek yogurt and feta!To make a pretty display for any gathering, place the prepared dip into a small bowl, pressing it tight, then invert it onto a pretty plate.  Surround the pretty mound with pita chips and you have yourself a nice and pretty appetizer.

Greek Pimento Cheese - a twist on the traditional southern pimento cheese spread, using Greek yogurt and feta!For best results, make sure you refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.  This will last 5 days the fridge, so feel free to make it ahead of time!

Thank you, Kim, for hosting Nicole’s baby shower!  Click here to see a round up of the other bloggers’ recipes!

Greek Pimento Cheese Spread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 cups, about 8 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Greek Pimento Cheese Spread

A healthier, no-mayo twist on the traditional pimento cheese spread. Greek yogurt and feta cheese are the stars of this show!

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini
  • Freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon
  • 1 large garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 oz. block sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 oz. block Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 oz. jar diced pimentos, drained

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper until blended. Stir in the cheeses and the pimentos. Cover and refrigerate for one hour before serving. Serve with pita chips, crackers, toasted bread or veggies. Keeps for up to 5 days in the fridge.

Notes

This recipe can be doubled.

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Comments

  1. Nikki! YUM! I love this version of pimento cheese…a yogurt for mayo swap is one I would DEFINITELY make. 😉 You know me well, my dear! Thank you SOOOO much for participating in Shea’s virtual baby shower. So glad you could make it 😉 Means a lot! xo!

  2. You truly know the way to a person’s heart – with cheese. I love a lighter version of this traditional dip! It’d definitely fly off the table at a shower. So when we finally do have a get-together, you bring this! 🙂

  3. I love substituting ingredients for Greek yogurt! This is a brilliant idea to do it for the pimento cheese. Looks perfect for the virtual shower! 🙂

  4. Imasucker for pimento cheese. I love the healthy twist you gave this recipe!!

  5. Do you need the tahini? The only one I could find at store was huge and pricey?

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Hi Kristi,
      You can leave it out. It will lack a little depth of flavor, but it should still hold together and taste pretty good!

  6. Do you need the tahini? The only one I could find at the store was huge and kinda expensive.

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