Friday, August 6, 2010

Paula Deen's Lean: Bobby's Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is oh-so-yummy! I absolutely love little pimento cheese finger sandwiches at any party I attend or throw. It is really hard for me to practice self-control and just have one. Let's get real, it's IMPOSSIBLE! So, if you also suffer from an inability to eat these cheesy nibbles in moderation, then you will love this healthy twist to the Pimento Cheese Sandwich. Of course, I encourage portion control...but we all have our weaknesses. At least I can feel good about packing these full of whole wheat goodness, powerful protein and a bit of calcium just for kicks!

Yields 12 mini sandwiches

4 ounces FAT FREE Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 cup FAT FREE shredded KRAFT Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 cup 2% shredded KRAFT Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 cup HELLMANN'S Low-Fat Mayonnaise Dressing
1/2 teaspoon Paula's House Seasoning (see bottom of page)
3 tablespoons mashed pimentos
Cracked black pepper to taste

12 slices WHOLE WHEAT white bread

Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add remaining cheese and beat until well mixed. Add remaining ingredients and beat until well-blended.
Spread cheese mixture evenly over six slices of bread. Top each with another slice of bread; making the sandwich. Gently cut off the edges; then slice in half diagonally. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready!

I just love these finger sandwiches to begin with, but even with leanin' it out, they still taste delicious. I guarantee these will be a hit! They are the perfect party snack for your next celebration. Plus, they are super easy! Make them the night before and cut down on the running around the day of.


NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 144.25 calories;  5.2g fat;  13.5g carbohydrate; 9.4g protein; 1.9g fiber

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