Photo: Smith Canteen
Robert Newton, a chef from Arkansas, serves this spicy sandwich at his Brooklyn cafe Smith Canteen. A blend of sharp white cheddar, roasted red peppers, mayonnaise and cayenne pepper form the basis of his take on the quintessential Southern spread.
IngredientsFor the pimento cheese (makes 2 cups):
Artisan sourdough bread, sliced
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Break down red peppers to remove seeds and inner membranes. Place on a sheet tray and coat with olive oil. Add a sprinkling of salt and pepper, place flesh side down and roast until fork tender. Remove from oven and place in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam. After 10 minutes, peel off skin.
In a food processor, add shredded cheese, roasted peppers, mayonnaise, and cayenne pepper. Pulse until just combined, being careful to maintain a coarse texture. Add small amounts of salt, pepper, and white vinegar to taste.
Assemble sandwich by spreading layer of pimento cheese (2-3 tablespoons) on one slice of bread. Top with sliced ham. In a non-stick pan melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter, place sandwich in butter and brown on one side. Flip and repeat with more butter if needed.
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Published on March 16, 2012