January 29, 2012

Lighter and Leaner Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich

This is another healthy recipe from Bobby Deen (Paula Deen's Son).

Let me just start out by saying that I have never had the original Pimento sandwich, so I am not sure how this compares.  With that said . . .

This sandwich was AMAZING! I LOVED IT!
I seriously felt like I was eating something super fattening, because it was so comforting and tasted sooooooo good!  Guess what?  This sandwich is NOT super fattening.  According to Bobby it only has 261 calories and 6.4 grams of fat per serving and Paula's original version has 737 calories and 57.4 grams of fat per serving?  I think we can all handle 261 calories for dinner.  He made this lighter by using a mixture of Cheddar and low-fat Mozzarella and by using non-fat Greek yogurt instead of Mayo.  I promise you would never know this had Greek yogurt in it - don't let that scare you. 

I must say . . . I absolutely love red peppers and that was a HUGE part in the amazing flavor of this sandwich . . . so if you are not a huge red pepper fan, then you might not like this sandwich as much as I did.  

I really did love this sandwich and I will be making it a lot.  I served it with these baked fries.

Update: 6/18/2013 - I still love this sandwich and make it a lot.  The filling is ooey, gooey and cheesy.  I like to add a little Italian seasoning too.  
Lighter and Leaner Pimento Cheese Sandwich
slightly adapted from: Bobby Deen

1 c. grated Cheddar
1/2 c. grated low-fat Mozzarella
2/3 c. plain non-fat Greek style yogurt
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3/4 - 1 red pepper, chopped (do not leave out)
8 slices whole wheat bread

Combine all ingredients and spread on bread.  Spray with cooking spray and grill.  Serve immediately.  Yield: 4 servings.

Jenn's Notes:   I adjusted the recipe for the ingredients I had on hand - if you want Bobby's original recipe click here.  I actually used french bread instead of wheat.  I know that is not as healthy, but that is what I had on hand.  I sprayed the bread with butter spray and grilled on the George Foreman.  I can not wait until I eat this sandwich again.  It might become a weekly menu item! 


  1. it does look fattening I wouldn't believe that it wasn't, it looks really good and full of flavour

  2. The deli up the street makes these and I get one for lunch far more often than I should. So glad to find this, because while I don't know for sure how bad the deli one is for me, I'm guessing it's worse than this one! Can't wait to try it out! Stopping by from The Girl Creative link up and am a new follower of yours now. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    ~*Jessica Lauren @ Copy-Cat-Crafter*~

  3. Hi Jenn, I checked out the original recipe and think this one sounds better! Good Job! Pinning it!

    1. That is good to hear!! Thanks for the pin :)


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