Monday, September 21, 2015

Dill and Chile Guero Pimiento Cheese Grilled Sandwich





     Gourmet Pimiento Cheese!
     Okay, I know today's recipe is nothing fancy, but Pimiento Cheese Spread has always been a popular item.  Besides, a simple recipe is a nice thing after a hectic day.
     Many people are into gourmet Pimiento Cheese.  Gourmet Pimiento Cheese simply amounts to adding one or two fancy ingredients to the recipe.  Pimiento Cheese still must be made with Cheddar or a cheese that is similar to cheddar, like Aged Gouda.
     Pimiento and Cheddar Cheese is a classic flavor combination.  Low quality pre made grocery store pimiento cheese products are taboo by any standard.  Most grocery stores dilute the Cheddar Cheese with Processed American Cheese Products or soy based additives.  It is best to make Pimiento Cheese from scratch.

     Looking for gourmet Pimiento Cheese ideas?  Try adding flavorful items like sweet pickle relish, chopped cornichon, horseradish, hot chile peppers, ham or olives to Pimiento Cheese.  Items like these can give new life to the old standard Pimiento Cheese recipe.
     A few chopped pickled guero chile peppers and dill weed were added to spice up today's recipe.  Chile Guero are yellow colored Caribe Chile Peppers.  In case you ever wondered, Crushed Dried Red Pepper Flakes in the spice section at grocery store or at pizzerias are Crushed Dried Red Chile Caribe.
     The secret to making a great Pimiento Cheese is to refrigerate it overnight.  It takes time for the flavors to meld.  The cheddar cheese becomes soft and it partially melts into the mayonnaise.
     I chose to grill today's Pimiento Cheese Sandwich, instead of serving it cold.  On a chilly day, a warm Pimiento Cheese Sandwich is rather nice!

     Pimiento Cheese with Dill and Chile Guero:
     This recipeyields enough pimiento cheese for 2 to 3 sandwiches!
     Step 1:  Grate 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese into a mixing bowl.
     Step 2:  Add 2 1/2 tablespoons of small chopped roasted pimiento.  (The canned product is fine for this recipe.)
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of finely chopped pickled guero chile.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh dill weed.
     Step 3:  Add just enough mayonnaise to bind the ingredients together.  (Do not add too much mayonnaise or the pimiento cheese spread will become too loose of a texture.)
     Mix the ingredients together.
     Step 4:  Place the Pimiento Cheese in a container and refrigerate it overnight.
    
     Dill and Chile Guero Pimiento Cheese Grilled Sandwich:
     This recipe yields 1 sandwich.
     Step 1:  Brush two slices of soft crust French Boule Bread or pullman bread with olive oil.
     Spread a 3/8" thick layer of the Dill and Chile Guero Pimiento Cheese on one of the slices of bread.
     Place the other bread slice on top of the spread.
     Step 2:  Heat a griddle over medium/medium low heat.
     Season the pan with olive oil.
     Place the sandwich in the pan.
     Grill both sides of the sandwich, till it is toasted golden brown.  (The object is to just warm the pimiento cheese and not to melt it like a grilled cheese sandwich!)
     Step 3:  Place the sandwich on a cutting board and cut it in half.
     Place the sandwich halves on a plate.
     Serve with chips and pickles or a picnic style side like cole slaw.
  
     If you are on a low cholesterol diet, then just forget about today's recipe!  The only saving grace for the low cholesterol crowd is that I grilled this sandwich with olive oil instead of butter for a lighter flavor. 

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