Pimiento-Cheese Spread Appetizers

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

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

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

  • 1 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.
  • 2 Spread about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture on 8 of the bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices. Cut each sandwich diagonally in half.
  • 3 Garnish each appetizer with 1 whole olive secured with a toothpick or decorative pick.

Expert Tips

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.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
130
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
290mg
290%;
Total Carbohydrate
9g
9%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.