Round 1 tees off today at the 2012 Masters, widely regarded as the hardest sports ticket to get and the only golf major that is played on the same course year after year. Luckily, we have family in Augusta and have attended countless practice days, par 3 Wednesdays, and tournament rounds.
It is a special event and the sound of hushed silence rushes over you the moment you set foot on the pristine course. For me, the perfect day at Augusta National begins early, walking the course. Watching the approach shots on the 10th green, strolling along Amen Corner, enjoying my choice of a pimento cheese, egg salad or chicken breast sandwich, watching play at the par 3 16th hole, and visiting the pro shop before heading home to watch the rest of the day on television from the living room couch are all key parts of my Masters experience.
Unlike many of today’s sporting events, concessions at The Masters won’t break the bank. One of my favorite Masters traditions is enjoying their signature sandwiches which are wrapped in traditional Masters green paper. Concessions are surprisingly inexpensive. One of the most popular items to get is their traditional pimento cheese sandwich for only $1.50.
Many people ask, what is Pimento Cheese? Pimento Cheese is little more than grated cheese, chopped pimento peppers, and a little mayonnaise simply mixed. The pimento (often spelled pimiento) is also called the cherry pepper and is bright red and shaped like a heart. You might be most familiar with the pimento as the pepper used to stuff green olives.
The excitement of Tiger playing in this week’s Masters got me searching online for Augusta National’s famous pimento cheese recipe to share here on TigerTailgate. Apparently, the recipe for their pimento cheese spread is a closely held secret and I was unsuccessful. In typical Masters mystery, there’s rumor that the long time concessions vendor was replaced a couple of years ago. Rumblings among the patrons has begun that the pimento cheese sandwich just isn’t the same. Masters patrons do like their traditions.
There are many copycat recipes on the internet. Below is mine.
Masters “Knock-Off” Pimento Cheese Sandwiches
- 4 ounces sharp yellow cheddar
- 4 ounces swiss cheese
- 1 (4 oz) jar diced pimiento, slightly drained
- 4 tablespoons mayonaise (I prefer the sweeter taste of Miracle Whip)
- 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco (or your favorite hot sauce)
- 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
- Dash of salt & pepper
- 8 slices of white bread
- Freshly grate cheese into a small bowl.
- Add pimiento, mayonnaise, hot pepper sauce, and pickle relish.
- Mix with a fork until well combined.
- Season with salt & pepper to taste.
- Cover and chill allowing flavors to blend.
- Spread pimento cheese evenly on white bread (always served on white bread at The Masters).
- Cut each sandwich on the diagonol and serve.
This recipe makes 4 sandwiches and is great at a morning tailgate. Consider serving with an Arnold Palmer drink (half iced tea and half lemonade). If you bring the sandwiches to a tailgate, be sure to wrap in green cellophane, similar to how they serve at The Masters, and you’re guaranteed to be on the leaderboard!