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Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, Exclusive: Everyone’s Favorite Pimiento Cheese

By Paula Deen

This pimiento cheese started out in life as my Bobby’s favorite. Along the way, I decided to change the name because the fan club just kept on growing. Well, in homage to Bobby, I have made this staple of mine better for you by subbing out Greek yogurt for mayonnaise. You’ll find this cheese is as creamy as it ever was without the added fat and calories the mayo brought along with it. And with that small change, it’s once again Bobby’s favorite pimiento cheese!


  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pimientos
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paula Deen’s House Seasoning (see page 6)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 ounces low-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), at room temperature
  • Whole-grain crackers and crisp veggies for serving


In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, pimientos, onion (if using), House Seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and dry mustard. Add the Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and cream cheese and stir well until the mixture is smooth and evenly combined. Serve with whole-grain crackers and lots of crisp veggies.

 Makes about 2 cups cheese

More about Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Recipes All Lightened Up

Paula Deen has lost over 40 pounds and has maintained her weight loss for over two years by swapping out ingredients to reduce fat and calories. Paula’s key to weight loss is moderation and accountability, and one day a week she still enjoys good old southern cooking with biscuits and all. One does not have to give up taste when reducing calories, and these recipes are a testament to that. Paula shares 250 of her favorite recipes lightened up. This brand-new, New York Times best-selling cookbook presents lightened up versions of fifty of her classic southern recipes and presents new recipes that cut the calories but not the delicious taste.

The New-York Times Best-Selling cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, is now available now at AmazonBarnes & NobleTarget, and your local bookstores!

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.