All the southern flavor and none of the associated food coma.
Pimento Cheese Spread + Crostini
- 8 oz 1/2 package firm tofu*
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt (sub vegan mayo or light mayo)
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce (sub sriracha)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons pimentos, diced
- 2 cups Monterey jack + cheddar cheese (shredded and mixed
- crackers, pretzels or chips
- flatbread + tomato chutney
- In a high speed blender or food processor add your tofu, greek yogurt, nutritional yeast, garlic, garlic chili sauce, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. (This may take a few minutes to become smooth.)
- Once smooth, transfer the creamy mixture (it should make about 1 cup) to a large bowl, and add your cheese and pimentos. Mix together until well combined. Season with a dash more salt & pepper if so desired.
- Serve with crackers, or pretzels or chips OR serve on a toasted flatbread with a spread of tomato chutney! EAT UP.
*I used the high protien tofu from Trader Joes. You can use any firm tofu though, except the sprouted kind. Don't use that - it will be really grainy and gross.
*For the cheese, I used the soy shredded cheese mixture from Trader Joes. You can use any kind you want. Regular shredded, vegan cheese, fancy cheese. It's your call.
My sister and I have always had a thing for pimento cheese, and here in the south people will do anything and everything with this stuff… pimento cheese grits, pimento cheese grilled cheese, pimento cheese burgers, etc. So I thought it was about time to find a health-ier way to eat it. If you don’t already know, traditional pimento cheese is made with cream cheese, mayonnaise, heaps of cheese, and sometimes even sour cream. WOWZA. That’s a lot of heavy, fatty stuff if you ask me. It truly is delicious, but also probably causes imminent death. So I took out the cream cheese, mayo, sour cream and did something pretty magical…
As I said, pimento cheese can be used in a variety of ways – make it a grilled cheese, spread it on crackers, OR do the best thing ever which is… Dry toast a piece of bread (you can use any kind) then give it a good spread of pimento cheese, followed by a spread of tomato-raisin chutney. YOU WON’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH FLAVOR IS IN YOUR MOUTH. I know that those flavors don’t typically go together, but there is something magic about the combo and you just have to taste it to believe it. I think this crostini situation would make a great happy hour treat or cocktail party appetizer. (But also, I ate it for lunch and it was dang good that way too.) The fun part about pimento cheese is that it can be served hot or cold! I like it both ways so just play around with it. It will be great either way!
If you have read this far in my post, and you’re like… BUT what are pimentos anyway?!? Well they are a sweet red pepper, kinda like a bell pepper, that you can buy pre diced and canned all ready to go for your cheese spread. SO that’s dope. They add an amazing pop of sweetness, and compliment the creamy, cheesy texture well. So if you’ve never tried pimento cheese TODAY IS THE DAY. And if you have had pimento cheese, but want a health-ier version then CEIZE THE DAY.