Pimiento Cheese Spread Appetizer

In 15 minutes, you can make a satisfying spread showcasing pimiento-stuffed olives and two kinds of cheese.

Yield

16 servings

Ingredients

2/3 cup small whole pimiento-stuffed green olives (from 10-ounce jar)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounce)
1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
Dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
16 slices cocktail rye bread

Directions

Reserve 16 whole olives for garnish. Chop remaining olives; place in medium bowl. Add Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, cream cheese and red pepper; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.

Spread about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture on 8 of the bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices. Cut each sandwich diagonally in half.

Garnish each appetizer with 1 whole olive secured with a toothpick or decorative pick.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 15 minutes

Additional Information

To quickly soften cream cheese, use your microwave. Remove foil wrapper and place cream cheese in a microwavable bowl. Microwave uncovered on MEDIUM (50%) 45 to 60 seconds for a 3-ounce package of cream cheese.

If cocktail rye bread isn't available, spread cheese mixture on low-fat rye crackers instead.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 80), Total Fat 8 g (Saturated Fat 3 1/2 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 15 mg; Sodium 290 mg; Total Carbohydrate 9 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 0 g), Protein 3 g; Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2

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