Pimento Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Here’s a copycat recipe for Augusta National’s famed pimento-cheese sandwich to enjoy while watching the Masters.

PimentoIf you’re like me, you’ve got to have some food to eat while you’re watching sports. For instance, if I’m watching the Super Bowl, you can be sure there’s a plate of chicken wings in front of me with a tall glass of beer. Same for baseball. I’ll have hot dogs and peanuts with more beer (Mom, if you’re reading this, I’m not an alcoholic).

The Masters is no different for me, except I drink good beer (I mean, c’mon, golf is a game of sophistication!). I always make pimento cheese sandwhiches and Arnold Palmers to drink while I’m watching the final round on Sunday. It helps me get into the tournament a little more. For those who aren’t in the know, Augusta National is infamous for keeping its recipe for pimento cheese sandwiches a secret. In April 2003, Golf Digest ran a small blurb detailing what Gourmet Magazine food editor Ruth Cousineau cooked up for their “own, improved version” of the pimento cheese sandwhich. It’s the recipe I follow and enjoy, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Makes 2 sandwiches

4 oz. extra-sharp Vermont white or yellow cheddar (1½ cups)
1.5 oz pimento – drained, finely chopped (¼ cup)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Salt to taste
4 slices of good whole-wheat bread
4 thin slices Vidalia or other sweet onion (optional)
1 cup watercress sprigs – tough stems discarded (optional)

Mash cheese pimento, mayonnaise and hot pepper sauce in small bowl with a fork until well combined. Season with salt to taste. Cover and chill 1 hour for flavors to blend. Spread pimento cheese evenly on bread. Top with onions and watercress sprigs (optional). Cut each sandwich and serve.

Nutritional Information
556 calories per sandwich
35 g of fat (total)
12 g saturated fat
65 mg cholesterol
307 mg sodium
22 g protein

It’s a simple recipe and a great way to enjoy watching the Masters. Like I said earlier, I also have an Arnold Palmer to drink with that (half lemonade and half iced tea). I prefer pink lemonade instead of yellow, but whatever, it’s still good.

11 thoughts on “Pimento Cheese Sandwich Recipe”

  1. My favorite sandwich when I go to the Masters. This pimento recipe sounds great.

    Thanks. Lorraine

  2. Thanks for the info!! My husband is having a Masters party this Sunday and I will be making the sandwiches. I will let you know how they turn out-no doubt good!!

  3. My wife made the best Pimento cheese sandwiches.
    I never got her to show me how She passed away on February the sixth. I had purchased the cheese and pimentoe
    but had ntot opened.
    Thanks to the receipe I will have a sandwich tonight.
    will have to let you know later about results.

  4. T be like those at the masters, pimento sandwiches MUST be on white bread, NOT whole wheat.

  5. Yes, I think I’d can the whole wheat bread, too, but the pimento cheese recipe looks good.

  6. I don’t think it is legal to serve pimento cheese on wheat bread while watching the Masters. It has never been served on anything but cheap white soft bread at Augusta National. And it is perfection.

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