If 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.
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.