Location: Palm Beach County, Florida, United States

Recently have been told I look like Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island. I hadn't heard that in years, but that is a good place to start as to what I look like, although she had a better bod. I have three boys and have been married for 13 years. Born of a Navy family, in Hawaii, one Mom, one Dad, one sister and one brother. The eldest of three children. BS in Applied Mathematics. Consider Pensacola my home town although I moved every 2-3 years of my life growing up. Currently work in the aerospace industry in an engineering position while being a Mom. Of Celtic heritage and very proud of it.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches... Explained

Ladies and Gentleman who are not Southern or do not have a parent who is Southern, allow me to introduce to you a real Southern treat: Pimiento Cheese. Referred to at THIS website as the Pâté of the South:

Pimento cheese, or "P.C.," was born in the South. It’s been fundamental to our bridge luncheons, picnic baskets, kids’ lunchboxes, afternoon teas, lunch counter menus, and light suppers since at least 1915. You might meet a Southerner who doesn’t care for it, but you’ll never meet one who doesn’t know what it is. The most popular sandwich consumed at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, available for a mere $1.25? Of course—pimento cheese on white bread, wrapped, naturally, in green waxed paper.

As the title suggests, the real pronunciation is in fact. “P’minnuh Cheese”. Of course I am writing this because of all the comments I received in last night's Post. (Shaking my head in disbelief.)

For those who have never had it… so sad for you. I fond childhood memory of mine, I cannot imagine having lived a life without it. And don’t fall for that store bought crap. You find it next to the refrigerator dips in your supermarket. It is sweet and must be made of that icky Miracle Whip or something. Real Pimiento Cheese is made with real Mayo, but I prefer Hellmann’s, fresh grated cheddar cheese and my Pimiento Cheese must be made at home.

I grew up on these tasty sandwiches, and love to dip Fritos into it as a snack. Ahhh… fond memories of The Great Omnipotent One grating cheddar cheese at the kitchen table, slicing up the pimientos just so, and mashing it with mayo. Yup, that is all it is. Don’t add TOO much mayo though, or it’s slimy and wet. Just the right texture. Just enough to get it all stuck together and then a bit more. And don’t’ forget to drain your pimiento. No pimiento juice mixed in. Just the pimientos. You can cheat and buy them pre chopped. I’ve done that, but I prefer to chop it up real small on my own… like TGOO did when I was a kid.

And a couple drops of blood… well that’s a family thing. Seems I had just had my tonsils out. I was 6. I couldn’t eat anything, my throat was so daggum sore. I could hardly swallow water. My Mom had bought some baby food hoping I’d eat something, but being 6, I wasn’t about to be caught dead eating anything that had the word Baby as a prefix. So TGOO sat down and made me a bowl of Pimiento Cheese, and promptly scraped his knuckles on the cheese grater and a couple drops of blood made it into the mix. Unbeknownst to us. But I’m not sure I would have cared. So now it is a joke that OUR family’s Pimiento Cheese tastes just a wee bit better with a couple drops of blood. (Big Grin) I ate that sandwich as sick as I was. I chewed it down until it was a texture I could swallow. And that is all I ate until I healed. Pimiento Cheese sandwiches. Yum!


Blogger Anathematized1 said...

I understand the warm family memories and this being a regional food and all...But, it still sort of sounds like something a desperately hungry pothead would create in their kitchen at 3am after having eaten everything except for mayo, frozen pre-shredded cheddar, and a dusty bottle of questionable, botulism ridden pimentos.

I MUST try to make this!

At least I now know why they sell pimentos in the store. I only ever think of them as being used for decorative olives.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Yay! More gastroporn!

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, OK - I'm starting to figure this out.

First off, "pimiento" is actually just another way of spelling "pimento."
At first I thought it was like an obscure location reference or something, sort of like "Swiss cheese."

However - I still don't see how mixing grated cheddar cheese and pimentos with mayo makes, uh, cheese.

I think this would more than likely be called "dip" in most circles :P

And I could see like dipping a chip in or something? But a sandwich? Ugh - dono about that.


11:51 AM  
Blogger Anathematized1 said...

Well, S, Head Cheese aka Hogs Head Cheese is not actually a cheese in the classic sense of the word. Neither is smegma. But "cheese" can also be something resembling a cheese-like shape or consistency. Hell, at least the pimento cheese stuff has cheese in it, unlike the two I mentioned. *shudder*

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Pimiento cheese!!! I actually have a little 4 oz jar of Pomona Sunshine Sliced Pimientos in the fridge for the next time I have a hankering for this nurturing food.....yummm.


5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shucks...TGOO made a batch for lunch yesterday after reading this posting. It was GREAT!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Graumagus said...

This may have to be tried soon.
I'm always down with trying new food items as long as they aren't something they might use on Fear factor (and actually probably ok with a few of those too).

10:46 PM  
Blogger littlejoe said...

Yeah....umm. I will eat almost anything, I once made peanut-butter, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing sandwiches. This sounds kind of odd, but I am going to try it. The only problem is, I don't like "pimientos", or any other red pepper product, other than baked and stuffed.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Anathematized1 said...

Peanut butter and miracle whip (NOT MAYO)...YUM!

7:06 PM  
Blogger Boudicca said...

Heh. I'll convert you mid-westerners yet! :)

Peanut Butter and Miracle whip? YECK. I know marshmallow fluff is supposed to be good!

8:35 PM  

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