Avocado Pimento Cheese – The Recipe ReDux

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Now that we’ve been living ‘Down South” for about eight months, I thought it about time I perfected my Pimento Cheese.

Being from ‘The West,’ I’d never even heard of this creamy, cheesy dip made of all ingredients indulgent until I met this Southern Belle. I guess the western version of a ubiquitous dip is French Onion Dip. But I was more fond of my Grandma’s Crab & Cream Cheese Dip similar to this healthier version, which she served for all her card parties and family holidays.

But we now live in southern Illinois, actually just north of St. Louis; but the funny thing is, the folks around here sound and cook more ‘southern’ than do our friends south in St. Louis. Thus my urge to perfect a dip my new ‘Southern’ friends would enjoy.

So when California Avocados offered this fun challenge to The Recipe ReDux to create a dish for summer get-togethers, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to play around with a Pimento Cheese recipe….to make it a little less, umm… indulgent, but still creamy and dreamy. Here’s why I knew it would work: Salty cheese and avocado are made for each other! (Who hasn’t eaten an avocado with a spoon straight out of it’s skin with just a sprinkle of salt? Yum!) Plus the creamy texture of nutrient-rich avocados is the perfect substitution for mayonnaise in almost any salad or dip recipe.

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Here’s what I did to switch up the classic Pimento Cheese recipe.

  • Replace the majority of the mayonnaise with avocado – but instead of mashing it, I diced it to keep the entire dip from turning un-traditionally green!
  • Mix in less, but a good quality sharp Cheddar cheese.
  • Add a little lemon juice to make the flavors sing – and keep the avocado from turning brown
  • In an effort to keep this recipe somewhat ‘authentic’ I resisted the urge to add any of the fresh herbs I have coming out of my ears. (But cilantro would be delicious in this dip.)
  • Served it with veggie crudité (fresh green beans) along with traditional crackers.

Avocado Pimento Cheese

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 ripe avocado, skin and pit removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup shredded good-quality sharp cheddar cheese (could use reduced-fat)
  • 2 ounces bottled pimento or roasted red pepper, drained
  • For serving: Fresh veggie crudité, whole grain crackers

Directions

  1. Drizzle lemon juice over avocado and toss; set aside.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, garlic, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix in cheese, bottled red pepper, and reserved chopped avocado.
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Comments

  1. this is brilliant! even being the “belle” that i am, i never would’ve thought of avocado to replace the mayo… but i bet it works really well. and keeping the chunks looks so good.

    love, love SB :)
    Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog recently posted..[Morning Meals] Baked Breakfast ApplesMy Profile

  2. Love your version of a healthier pimento cheese dip. I loved this dip as a child, but haven’t had it in years. Using healthy avocado for some of the creaminess is a great idea.

  3. I’ve actually never had pimento cheese in my life…and I live in Texas. This looks like a perfect dip to take to my woman’s Bible study next week! Can’t wait to try..
    Min recently posted..SotoMy Profile

  4. This looks delicious! Like all the best parts of nachos in a dip! And healthy too.

  5. I’ve only had pimiento cheese once, in mac and cheese, and was amazed at how fabulous it was…I could definitely see wanting to healthify it up and mixing in avocado is the perfect way to do so!!
    Joanne recently posted..Gratin with Tomatoes, Eggplant and ChardMy Profile

    • Oooo pimento mac and cheese sounds amazing! I’ll have to try! Headed over to check out your Gratin with Eggplant. Been craving eggplant lately!

  6. I remember seeing Regans recipe for Pimento Cheese, and thinking it sounded a little strange, but was probably quite delicious! Clearly I didn’t grow up with this Southern classic, but I’d love to try some of yours. With cilantro please :-)
    EA Stewart recently posted..Grasshopper Pie ShotsMy Profile

  7. I haven’t had pimento cheese dip in years. My mom used it as a filling for celery sometimes. I would never have thought to use avocado in it, but it looks so good. I’d add the cilantro too!
    Marie recently posted..Spinach and Orzo SaladMy Profile

  8. love… my people, we love our pimento cheese. and what a smart version you’ve made!!
    gretchen recently posted..Toasted Marshmallow-Chocolate PopsiclesMy Profile

  9. OK, I admit I have never eaten pimento cheese, a surprise since I am from the south and all. Either way, I bet I would love it with avocado! What a creative idea. Looks delicious.
    Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) recently posted..31 Days of Abs: Day 16My Profile

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