Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Homemade Pickles

Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Homemade Pickles
Pimento Cheese with Homemade Pickles
"We think about building sandwiches in the way that a chef thinks about building a plate. It's a question of layering textures and flavors and making the food exciting. If you want to bump this up a notch, add a slice or two of bacon, because bacon makes everything better."—John Bates, Noble Sandwich Co., Austin, Texas See the recipe »Joseph De Leo

John Bates and Brandon Martinez of Noble Sandwich Co. in Austin, Texas, add sriracha to their chunky pimento cheese recipe in this sandwich, upping the spice factor and helping to offset the creaminess of the cheddar. The spread is so good, Bates recommends slathering it on everything from romaine spears to crackers.

Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Homemade Pickles
Sriracha is at it again: this time spicing up that classic Southern spread, pimento cheese, courtesy of Brandon Martinez of Noble Sandwich Co. in Austin, Texas
Yield: makes 2 sandwiches
Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 tbsp. garlic aïoli
  • 2 tsp. sriracha
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 34 tsp. paprika
  • 34 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, peeled, seeded, and minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices white sandwich bread
  • D.I.Y. Pickles, for serving
  • Thinly shredded iceberg lettuce, for serving

Instructions

  1. Mix cheddar cheese, aïoli, sriracha, cider vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire, scallions, roasted bell pepper, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Spread 2 slices bread with pimento cheese; top with pickles, shredded lettuce, and remaining bread slices.