Grilled Pepper Cheese Sandwiches

By • January 15, 2010 • 39 Comments



Author Notes: Eating home alone is a chance to indulge your strangest cravings and weirdest eating habits -- the Sex and the City "single food" of grape jelly and saltines springs to mind. For me, eating alone is slightly indulgent but a little lonely -- this neon colored oozy cheese sandwich (a variation of pimento cheese) provides the right mix of weirdness and comfort. Plus, there's leftover cheese spread if somebody comes home and says, "You didn't make ME dinner?"Savour

Food52 Review: These electric orange sandwiches elevate the traditional grilled cheese by way of a new take on an old Southern favorite: pimento cheese. Savour calls for sharp cheddar to counterbalance the sweetness of the roasted peppers and the punch of raw garlic. She also has you grill both sides of the bread, which keeps it crisp rather than soggy. Combined with a glass of dry white wine and a green salad, this is real home alone comfort food. - A&MA&M

Serves 1 (plus extra cheese)

For Pepper Cheese Spread

  • 12 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 ounces roasted piquillo peppers
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup good prepared mayonnaise (Hellman's or homemade)

For the sandwich

  • 2 slices good sandwich bread (my favorite is variations on French country bread like Pain Poilane)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (give or take)
  1. Break the cheese into large chunks and put it in the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse gravel.
  2. Add peppers and garlic to food processor. Process until mixture is finely chopped.
  3. Add mayonnaise, and process until the mixture is smooth. Put into a container for refrigerator storage.
  4. Lightly butter both sides of the bread and preheat a cast iron skillet.
  5. Place two slices of bread in the skillet and heat until lightly toasted. Turn over bread.
  6. Spread about 1/3 c. cheese mixture onto one of the toasted bread surfaces. Place other slice of bread onto the cheese, toasted side facing cheese.
  7. Cook sandwich, turning, until exterior is toasted and cheese is melty.
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Tags: brown bag lunch, dinner for one, leftovers, travels well

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Stringio

7 months ago Cutler Hamilton

This is a grilled pimento cheese sandwich. Enough with the fancy "piquello" peppers. Make something that can be found in a Piggly Wiggly.

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about 2 years ago rederin

Ok, I'm having trouble not typing in all caps because I WANT TO SHOUT! Dee-lishous, decadent, other d words I can't think of. I served it with tomato soup. Mmmmm. Also, easy. I look forward to eating the leftovers with crackers and veggies.

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over 2 years ago Tania Staneva

this sandwich is delicious, me and my 3 year old are enjoying it very much

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over 2 years ago RisaCooks

What an interesting take on Pimento Cheese Sandwiches ( I made Pimento Cheese for New Years Eve and have been having sandwiches ever since). I will try this next time I find a jar of Piquillo Peppers (not easily found in the backwoods of NJ).

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over 2 years ago yenyen

This is one of the best things I've ever made. Period.

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over 2 years ago kdjmom3

Can you make the sandwich ahead of time and reheat? In microwave or on the stove?

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over 2 years ago kdjmom3

Can you make the sandwich ahead of time and reheat? In microwave or on the stove?

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over 2 years ago amandalaban

Did you roast the peppers yourself or use jarred?

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almost 3 years ago TXExpatInBKK

I saw this recipe after reading about Savour in the Cook's Spotlight and made it as soon as I got home! Wow... this was great. I halved the recipe because it makes a lot and, instead of making a sandwich, I used it as dip for celery sticks and grape tomatoes. I loved the garlic bite, but next time I might try using roasted garlic just so my husband won't sit so far away from me on the couch after I eat it. :-)

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about 3 years ago mboerner

You would save a fair number of calories if you skipped the butter altogether and just grilled or toasted the sandwich. The cheese itself will melt through the bread somewhat. And the sandwichc will still be nice and gooey.

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about 3 years ago mboerner

You would save a fair number of calories if you skipped the butter altogether and just grilled or toasted the sandwich. The cheese itself will melt through the bread somewhat. And the sandwichc will still be nice and gooey.

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about 3 years ago Jeannie Price Koscielak Watt

Yummmmm! Sounds great!

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about 3 years ago firelane324

I would suggest putting 8 oz of cheese in for blending. Then have the other 4 oz chopped into gravel chunks for mixing in after it has been blended.

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about 3 years ago Jethrine

This sounds great. My favorite sandwich when I was a child was pimento cheese. I was feeling a little nostalgic this week and made a batch at home. However, the pimentos from a jar that I used were absolutely tasteless. No flavor whatsoever. They tasted more like noodles than pimentos. What's up with that? I can't wait to try this sandwich with roasted fresh piqullos and hopefully satiate my craving. :)

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about 3 years ago Jethrine

This sounds great. My favorite sandwich when I was a child was pimento cheese. I was feeling a little nostalgic this week and made a batch at home. However, the pimentos from a jar that I used were absolutely tasteless. No flavor whatsoever. They tasted more like noodles than pimentos. What's up with that? I can't wait to try this sandwich with roasted fresh piqullos and hopefully satiate my craving. :)

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about 3 years ago melodie1974

Made it for lunch today. It was delicious. A bit too runny though because about half of it ended up oozing away from the sandwich. It was still awesome and I can't wait to have the rest.

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about 3 years ago Lis

Recommending Hellman's rather than Duke's for a riff on Pimento Cheese??!!

YANKEE!

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over 3 years ago foodiefan

Pimento grilled cheese sandwiches are found all over in the south. They remind me of visiting my in-laws in KY. Especially good with bacon!

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almost 4 years ago Amanda494

Delicious. Thank-you! I used marinated red peppers, and it was amazing! So simple to make too.

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almost 4 years ago Constrained Cook

The colors are beautiful! What a great way to update a grilled cheese sandwich. Thanks for the idea!

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about 4 years ago The Housewife

I love your take on the grilled cheese. This would make a perfect snack on a rainy day.

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over 4 years ago Allison Cay Parker

Mmm... My dad's from the South where pimento cheese is nothing new--but this recipe is a great update. Looking forward to trying it.

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over 4 years ago Helenthenanny

This is a lovely recipe and I love the "single food" reference! I'd eat your sandwich (or maybe even a small stack of your sandwiches) standing up while reading fashion magazines : ) You got my vote, good luck!

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over 4 years ago pierino

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Pimento cheese? Only thing missing might be the Ritz Crackers. For those Crackers in the house. I love pimento cheese.

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over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Congrats on being a finalist! I just got a jar of piquillo peppers, so I'm going to have to try this soon :)

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

what fun! this sounds terrific :)

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over 4 years ago kdh30

This looks outstanding!!

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over 4 years ago gabrielaskitchen

oooh jeeezzzzz, could you have concocted a more delectable grilled cheese?

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over 4 years ago Savour

I think it's the neon color that makes it so weirdly fascinating. Amanda and Merrill used white cheddar, which tones it down a bit, but if you use orange cheddar it's really striking!

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over 4 years ago mariaraynal

Just delicious. Your rendition is inspiring -- it's got me thinking of all kinds of great ways to make heavenly grilled cheese.

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over 4 years ago Savour

I could eat grilled cheese every day.

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over 4 years ago mariaraynal

Me too. And, at times, I've done just that...

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over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Sounds extremely yummy- I love grown up grilled cheese sandwiches!

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over 4 years ago Savour

My daughter likes this too. It's kind of grown up lite.

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over 4 years ago eatboutique

Running downstairs to see if I can make this right now. :)

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over 4 years ago Savour

It's a perfect dish for winter weather -- maybe with some tomato soup!

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over 4 years ago KelseyTheNaptimeChef

Perfect!

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over 4 years ago dymnyno

Beautiful pic...It sounds like the kind of mixture that I come up with when home alone

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over 4 years ago Savour

I always default to cheese when I'm eating by myself -- and often when I'm not!