Time for lunch! Here's a tasty snack I put together the other day. Right now, we are on Secret Ingredient Cook-off sabbatical, but that doesn't mean the creativity stops!
Pimento, or Pimiento, (Both are correct spellings) cheese sand-wiches are a Southern favorite that seem to have lost some attention over the years. And, rather than just have a store-bought version, I chose to create one. I used a naturally white cheddar cheese, made from raw milk, and it has a Mexican flair to it, given that I included chipotle sauce and some spices often used in Mexican dishes. Enjoy!
GRILLED PIMIENTO, WHITE CHEDDAR & CHIPOTLE SANDWICH
WITH BACON & AVOCADO
1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2-3 tablespoons chipotle sauce (the sauce from a can of chipotle chiles)
3-4 tablespoons pimentos
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and sliced lengthwise
8 slices prepared bacon
8 slices bread
Preheat oven to 400. Combine first five ingredients in a bowl. Add spices, salt and pepper and mix well. Set aside. Butter a frying pan and "grill" bread on both sides. Spread cheese mixture over bread and bake, open-face, about ten minutes.
Assemble sandwich with avocado and bacon.
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg