Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches are a classic Southern recipe. These tasty sandwiches are incredibly easy to make, and they’re an excellent choice for a fun party appetizer!
For someone who doesn’t watch golf, I sure talk about the Masters a lot. (The Masters is one of golf’s 4 major tournaments, and it’s played in Augusta, GA every year at the beginning of April. Well, in most years it’s played at the beginning of April…) To explain, we have to take a step back to college basketball. I do watch a lot of college basketball. In fact, you could say I’m pretty diehard. March Madness is one of my favorite times of the year, and I typically take the first Thursday and Friday of the tournament off so that I can watch basketball from 12pm-midnight. (I do take breaks in there. Even I can’t handle 12 straight hours of watching basketball!)
Each year during March Madness, CBS airs numerous commercials for the Masters. After all, the Masters is held right after March Madness wraps up. But here’s the thing. Those commercials always show green golf courses lined with colorful azaleas in full bloom. It’s beautiful! And then I look outside. Late March in upstate New York is anything but beautiful. There’s usually piles and piles of dirty snow, or the snow has begun to melt leading to what folks around here call “mud season.” Yup, an entire season devoted to mud. It’s glorious.
Now I don’t mean to overtly bash upstate New York (like The Simpsons masterfully did in this video), but this Southern boy is used to March being the return of Spring. Birds chirping, flowers blooming, green grass. Basically the commercial for the Masters. We’ve got to wait until mid-May for that type of thing here…and let me tell ya, those last 6 weeks or so of winter are the longest days ever!
Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches
Even though we don’t live down South anymore, I can still make one of my favorite spring recipes – Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches! Have you ever heard of pimiento cheese? I took a batch of these into the curling club, and I was shocked at the number of people who had never heard of pimiento cheese. Pimiento cheese is essentially shredded cheddar, pimiento peppers (i.e. sweet peppers) and enough mayonnaise to bind it all together. There are a few other ingredients in there, but that’s about it. And it’s shockingly delicious! Even Laura, a Yankee by birth, loves pimiento cheese!
For me, pimiento cheese was a household staple growing up in the Carolinas. (This classic Southern recipe is sometimes called “caviar of the South.”) Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches are also an incredibly easy recipe. Everything can be made in a food processor, and there’s no need to cook anything. We’ve been known to mix up a batch for lunches, but Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches make for great party appetizers when you slice the sandwiches into quarters. Excellent finger food!
Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches are a long-time tradition at the Masters golf tournament. For $1.50, you can get a Pimiento Cheese Sandwich at the Masters. If you want chips and sweet tea, too? That’ll be $3. In this day when stadium food can require a second mortgage on your house, I find it refreshing that the Masters has stuck by its roots. Now this recipe for Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches is not the exact Master’s recipe – that recipe is well-kept secret. I stumbled across this version of Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches from a cookbook produced by the Junior League of Augusta, and many folks agree that the Junior League recipe is darned close to the original.
If you’re looking for a fun and easy party appetizer recipe, then I highly recommend these Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches! If you’re not feeling the sandwiches, you can easily turn this into a dip and serve with crackers or stalks of celery. I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!
Did you make these Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your creation!
Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches
- 12 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese shredded
- 8 oz. sharp yellow cheddar cheese shredded
- 4 oz. blue cheese crumbled
- 2 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
- 2 4-oz. jars sliced pimiento peppers, drained (can use roasted red peppers)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- 2 loaves white sandwich bread
- Using a food processor, add all ingredients except for bread; pulse until well combined and mostly smooth.
- Cover and refrigerate until cold.
- Spread mixture onto bread slices.
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