A rich pimento grilled cheese sandwich is melted and balanced by tart green tomatoes and fresh basil. The spread is also a perfect addition to a BLT.
By Carlynn Woolsey
In addition to all of the fried chicken I sampled in Charleston during my trip, I also had several different preparations of pimento cheese, AKA “The caviar of the South”. On crostini with cloves and mini sliced onions at Husk, in fritter form at Poogan’s Porch, and schmeared into a BLT at Caviar & Bananas. My original plan was to recreate the latter, but when I started toasting the bread with the cheese on it, and saw how deliciously that was melting together, all bets were off.
I love this sandwich for many reasons, not the least of which is that green tomatoes are *perfection* this time of year. They provide an excellent tart – almost pickled tasting – counterpoint to the savory spread. I added some basil to round out the flavors, and for the teeny tiniest bit of freshness. Per usual, I went overboard and turned this into a literal hot mess for the photos, but when making this at home, I would be a bit more modest about the preparation. ; ) Pimento cheese is rich, so a little goes a long way. And if you prefer to go the BLT route, I recommend adding some of this spread to that too!Print
JJBegonia is a silly nickname that my equally silly Dad gave me when I was a little girl. Needless to say, it stuck. My real name is Carlynn and I started my blog in September of 2012 to chronicle all of the things I love, and the things that inspire me, in one place. Over the course of the past ten years, I have lived in Boston, New York City, and L.A., and am currently in Upstate New York [where I grew up]. I graduated from Boston College with a double major in English and Psychology, and later returned to BC to obtain an MBA in Brand Management. My professional background is in Magazine Publishing/Advertising Sales, however I have always had a creative streak which is the driving force behind my blog. I am heavily influenced by food primarily because I love to eat (!), but also because I grew up in the restaurant industry. While I write and showcase many recipes, I adore sharing my favorite products, best style finds, and my life in general.