Masters Traditions: Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

April 9, 2014

Masters’ Traditions: Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

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What hot dogs are to baseball, the Pimento Cheese sandwich is to the Masters’ at Augusta. There are eight types of sandwiches sold at the Master’s but the Pimento Cheese is the one to get. Although the exact recipe is a secret akin to the secret formula for Coke, it’s made of pimento cheese and smeared on white bread.

In 2003, Golf Digest hired Gourmet magazine Food Editor Ruth Cousineau to create her own pseudo Augusta Pimento Cheese sandwiches.

Pimento-cheese sandwich.

Makes 2 sandwiches

Ingredients: 4 oz. extra-sharp Vermont white or yellow cheddar, finely grated ( 1 1/2 cups); half a jar of pimento (3 oz.), drained, finely chopped (14 cup); 2 tablespoons mayonnaise; 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce; salt to taste; 4 slices of good whole-wheat bread, crusts discarded (optional); 4 thin slices Vidalia or other sweet onion; 1 cup watercress sprigs, tough stems discarded.

To prepare: Mash cheese, pimento, mayonnaise, and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl with a fork until well combined. Season with salt to taste. Cover and chill 1 hour for flavors to blend. Spread pimento cheese evenly on bread. Top with onions and watercress sprigs. Cut each sandwich into triangles and serve.

Here’s my own variation of the recipe:

GolfBlogger’s Pimento Cheese Sandwich Spread


1 cup sharp cheddar
1 cup montery jack (or pepper jack)
1 package cream cheese
half a jar of finely chopped pimento
dill pickles, chopped
pepper sauce, salt, pepper, chopped onion to taste

Wait for the cheese to soften, then blend all ingredients in a food processor.

I use this recipe because I can’t stand mayonnaise.

That’s a photo of one of my sandwiches at the top.

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  • I’ve never had a pimento sandwich before.  I will have to give this recipe a try.  Thank you for sharing.

    Posted by Celebrity Foods on 02/29

  • I tried this dish at home, it’s very tasty and all my friends liked it. It has healthy and tasty ingredients. This dish is a must for sandwich lovers. Thanks for this delicious recipe.

    Posted by Recipes on 07/10

  • Good combination of healthy and tasty ingredients. Thanks for this mouth watering recipe and explaining the method. I hope all the above information is true. It’s a must for food lovers like me. I will try this at home.

    Posted by Discover the best Baked on 07/12

  • his dish is a must for sandwich lovers. Thanks for this delicious recipe. Good combination of healthy and tasty ingredients. Thanks for this mouth watering recipe and explaining the method.

    Posted by ram on 08/01

  • After posting about pimento cheese on my blog, I decided to see what was on the Internet about it (that might be a little backwards) and found this. I’m inspired. I’ll definitely whip up a batch next time I’m watching golf on television, even if it’s not the Masters.

    Posted by Jean on 03/28

  • Great stuff! Just had a pimento cheese sandwich at the Masters today! Can’t beat the price either! Good blog post guys.

    Posted by Jack Gale on 04/05

  • Mmmmmm…. I know what I’m making tonight!!

    This looks great, and easy to make. Thanks!

    Posted by Green Ray Vehicles on 04/05

  • Oh my world that looks good - I was surfing the NET while watching the Masters and now I’m going to make myself a sandwich. Thanks a lot smile

    Posted by Left handed on 04/07

  • how many sandwiches are made and sold at the Masters each year ? must be thousands but I would love a guess as to how many are prepared ?

    Posted by Anne Clinkscales on 04/09

  • A pimento cheese sandwich without Dukes mayonnaise would be something like a bowl of corn flakes in water instead of milk to me. Excuse me but did you say watercress sprigs, sliced and chopped onions on WHEAT bread as part of a pimento sandwich…..well we are all different and one thing is for sure, this person is not from the south… this reciept, I say no thanks.

    Posted by WT Baker on 04/14

  • The wheat and watercress thing aren’t my idea ... they’re the Gourmet Magazine recipe. Wouldn’t put watercress on anything.

    But I just can’t stand mayo of any sort. So I have to make mine without.

    Posted by The Original Golf Blogger on 04/14

  • Oh, please, never use cream cheese in pimento cheese, for the love of Pete.

    Posted by Jayne on 05/11

  • This is actually really good.  I saw this recipe on here last week and decided to see what all the attention was about for these pimento sandwiches.  I did use the pepper jack instead of montery jack and that is definitely the way to go if anybody else is going to try this recipe.

    Posted by golf apparel on 11/17

  • I have gluten issues so I do ham & pimento cheese rollups. Spread a piece of smokehouse ham with a healthy smear of pimento cheese. Roll up & pin with a toothpick or two.

    Posted by david stanley on 04/08

  • I’m inspired. I’ll definitely whip up a batch next time I’m watching golf on television, even if it’s not the Masters.

    Posted by Fugenmörtel on 07/02

  • I just made this sandwich today using your recipe and I must say it’s mind blowing! Thank you so much!

    Posted by Golf Fan on 11/07

  • you sure know how to make some great sandwiches smile

    Posted by Eduardo on 06/26

  • It looks delicious I’ll try to make this recipe thank you!

    Posted by versuchen hier on 06/26

  • So easy to prepare and looks fantastic, thanks for the recipe :D

    Posted by versuchen diese aus on 06/28

  • A pick-nick at the Master that would be awesome.

    Posted by Carlos Danger on 01/23

  • Thanks for this delicious recipe..  I hope all the above information is true.. this great an siple. tanks verry macth…

    Posted by jeane on 04/09

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