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High-res It’s American Cheese Month, and what could be more American than the Southern classic, Pimento Cheese, with Bacon and Tomato? Food52.com presents an easy and delicious version from Parker & Otis in Durham, NC:

Parker & Otis’ Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)
Cheese, mayonnaise, and pimentos shouldn’t be this good together. Pimento cheese is, at its core, nothing but tufts of unmelted cheese, a cushion of mayonnaise, and chopped pimentos: a glomming-together of unassuming and seemingly unfriendly ingredients. It doesn’t seem like it should exist, but the moment you taste it, you understand.
This trinity is a Southern institution — but from there, everyone has their own way. This one, from Parker and Otis in Durham, North Carolina, is an excellent place to start. It has a low mayo-to-cheese ratio and a big dose of pimento — both of which keep it strong and fierce. There’s also an underdog spice at play: celery salt, which takes a heartbeat of sharp tang and breathes a little herbal depth into it. (But don’t worry, not too much.) Our Assistant Editor and Community Manager Marian Bull brought this to a lot of tailgates, and made a lot of friends.
Best of all, Parker and Otis use it to make a jaw-dropping upgrade to a grilled cheese. It has bacon. And tomato. To mimic the sandwich press used at the shop, we weighted and dry-toasted ours in skillet, and finished warming it through in the oven. But Magness has an even better idea, for next time: “Put a little mayo on the outside so it gets real crispy.”

Check out the full recipe!
(Photo ©2013 Food52.com)

It’s American Cheese Month, and what could be more American than the Southern classic, Pimento Cheese, with Bacon and Tomato? Food52.com presents an easy and delicious version from Parker & Otis in Durham, NC:

Parker & Otis’ Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)

Cheese, mayonnaise, and pimentos shouldn’t be this good together. Pimento cheese is, at its core, nothing but tufts of unmelted cheese, a cushion of mayonnaise, and chopped pimentos: a glomming-together of unassuming and seemingly unfriendly ingredients. It doesn’t seem like it should exist, but the moment you taste it, you understand.

This trinity is a Southern institution — but from there, everyone has their own way. This one, from Parker and Otis in Durham, North Carolina, is an excellent place to start. It has a low mayo-to-cheese ratio and a big dose of pimento — both of which keep it strong and fierce. There’s also an underdog spice at play: celery salt, which takes a heartbeat of sharp tang and breathes a little herbal depth into it. (But don’t worry, not too much.) Our Assistant Editor and Community Manager Marian Bull brought this to a lot of tailgates, and made a lot of friends.

Best of all, Parker and Otis use it to make a jaw-dropping upgrade to a grilled cheese. It has bacon. And tomato. To mimic the sandwich press used at the shop, we weighted and dry-toasted ours in skillet, and finished warming it through in the oven. But Magness has an even better idea, for next time: “Put a little mayo on the outside so it gets real crispy.”

Check out the full recipe!

(Photo ©2013 Food52.com)


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