I love pimento cheese, not the yellow stuff you buy at the grocery though. I like home-made pimento, made with Goat Gouda and roasted red and yellow bell peppers. When I used to serve afternoon tea, I was constantly having to come up with new recipes and ideas for sandwiches to keep on the menu. This Goat Gouda pimento made it's regular appearances and was always a favorite.
I use bottled roasted red peppers, then dice them and mix them in with the cheese and mayonnaise. As for the mayonnaise, I like to make my own (it's very easy). If you would rather use the store bought variety, Hellman's or Duke's brand mayonnaise are the creamiest.
I like the Goat Gouda, but a smoked or plain cow's milk Gouda work very nicely as well. I used a 14 grain bread, but most any bread would work well- use your favorite. If I am making small tea sandwiches, I sometimes make them ahead of time. I cover the sandwiches with a slightly damp tea towel and refrigerate them until I need them. The towel will keep the sandwiches from drying out, but I never make them more than a couple of hours ahead. If you are using these for a party, you can make the pimento a couple of days ahead, then just assemble the sandwiches on the day you need them. This pimento is also a really good cheese to serve with crackers.
The Goat Gouda pimento also makes the most wonderful grilled cheese sandwiches. Use a sourdough bread (or if you are like my child- use Texas Toast), fry them in a generous amount of butter for a few minutes on each side or until golden. I have also made Crostini with the Pimento, spread on buttered slices of French bread and toast in the oven until melted. They are both a great accompaniment to roasted tomato basil soup which I will make when summer tomatoes are back in season.
Goat Gouda Pimento Cheese Sandwiches
1 cup grated Goat Cheese Gouda
1 jar roasted bell peppers (I use about 1/3 cup, chopped)
1/2 teaspoon fresh Thyme
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
salt to taste (I always use sea salt)
1/3 cup home-made mayonnaise (look for it in the index on the right)
1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and season to taste with salt.
2. Assemble sandwiches and cut into quarters with an electric knife if making tea sandwiches, serve cold or at room temperature.