Pimento Grilled Cheese

It’s approaching summertime in Calgary and we all know what that means. The re-emergence of food trucks! Unlike warm, US cities where they stay out year-round, our food trucks basically go into hibernation in the winter. Can you blame them? Not too many customers are willing to stand outside in -20 weather with blowing snow and a wind-chill making it feel more like -30. However if there’s one exception to that rule, it would definitely be the grilled cheese sandwich from Cheezy Bizness. The bomb dot com, right there. In fact, I would stand out in -20 weather naked if it meant that I could get my hands on one of those babies.
So what makes them so frickin’ delicious? Without question it’s the pimento cheese. Now I cannot claim to be an expert on pimento cheese (being from Canada and having never really travelled to the deep American south). But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that cheese suspended in more cheese is probably a pretty darn good idea. If it’s any consolation, I do kind of wish that I could make Paula Deen my adaptive grandmother.
Now take that pimento cheese and slather it all over 2 slices of really fresh, soft, nostalgic white bread – with pickles, you can’t forget the pickles – and you are in a grilled cheese universe that you didn’t even know existed. I have no idea who originally came up with this idea in the first place but they get my vote for the Nobel Peace Prize. I mean, they might as well be the next Prime Minister as far as I can tell.
Pimento Grilled Cheese
Pimento Grilled Cheese
PIMENTO CHEESE
1/4 cup cream cheese (light or regular), softened to room temp.
2-3 tbsp. mayonnaise (or in this case, Miracle Whip)
1 cup shredded medium cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded aged cheddar cheese
1 tbsp. canned Pimento peppers, mashed
In addition:
– thinly sliced pickles and avocado
– thinly sliced lunchmeat of your choice (like prosciutto)
– white bread
Pimento Grilled Cheese
Pimento Grilled Cheese
Combine all of the ingredients into a homogeneous, cheesy paste. You want the mixture to be fairly tight with minimal cream cheese and mayo to bind it all together. Otherwise it will just pour out of the sandwich like a river of cheesy deliciousness swimming away from you. And you most certainly do not want that situation on your hands. Ha it will quite literally be “on your hands”.
Smear on 2 slices of white bread sandwiched with thinly sliced pickles and avocado, if that’s your thing (which in my family’s case, it definitely is). You can toast the sandwiches on a panini press until golden and melty or you can butter both sides and cook them in a pan like typical grilled cheese. Up the greasy factor even more! And there you have it, pimento grilled cheese, inspired by Cheezy Biz food truck here in Calgary. It will change your life.
Pimento Grilled Cheese
Pimento Grilled Cheese

2 thoughts on “Pimento Grilled Cheese

  • May 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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    Okay, I like your version of pimento cheese better than others I’ve tried. As a fellow Canadian, I have no experience with this outside of the internet either. I’ve only seen it with mayo/Miracle Whip, pimento and shredded cheddar in it. To be fair, I’ve personally used roasted red peppers in place of the pimentos. I love your addition of cream cheese.
    ~Mama B

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  • June 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm
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    Thanks! I also find that the cream cheese helps it to hold together better.

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