Filipino Cheese Pimiento With Fried Garlic

October  4, 2022
3 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Not to be confused with Southern pimiento, this is a simple spread of sweetened mayonnaise and cheese. It's not exactly the same as the sandwiches of my childhood, but my own interpretation of it. —Pamela K. Santos

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups Dutch gouda cheese, shredded
  • 3 teaspoons creamed honey, up to 4 tsp. for a sweeter taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (1/2-3/4 cup if it's of a chunkier consistency)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Long French baguette (about 12 inches)
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  1. Freeze cheese for at least at least an hour, for easier shredding. Preheat oven to 375° F. Heat creamed honey in microwave 15-30 seconds, to soften.
  2. Shred cheese into bowl. Add mayo, garlic powder, and warm creamed honey. Mix well, with cheese shreds remaining distinguishable. Adjust sweetness to taste.
  3. Toast bread for 2 minutes.
  4. You can buy prepared fried garlic in Asian markets, or make it yourself. Mince garlic and enough oil to cover it up (about 2 tbsp.), in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, up to 1 minute and a half. Let stand 1-2 minutes to continue cooking in hot oil until the color is golden brown. Drain with cheesecloth if available or simply use fork to press against sides of bowl and remove for further drying. Frying them on stovetop is an alternative; just watch carefully not to burn or overbrown.
  5. Spread cheese pimiento on one side of bread. Sprinkle fried garlic on top. Add more for that garlic bread flavor. Save extra garlic in jar just like lola would do.

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3 Reviews

A.S. May 15, 2018
Since the honey is being mixed into the mayonnaise, could you not just use regular honey to taste, since creamed honey is just a manipulation of crystal structure, not flavor?
trvlnsandy May 12, 2018
Why do you not add pimento? Just a personal preference, or did you have it this way as a child? I like the addition of the garlic 'crunch'.
Shari May 17, 2018
That is what I was wondering too. I might add a little pimento. :)