This sandwich has a soundtrack. I was styling the shot (oh my gosh, if you’re not a food blogger, can I just tell you how much actually goes into photo styling? Q-tips, tweezers, the need for 3 hands, etc.) Sorry, rant over.
Anyway, an old Fruit Bats song was playing on my Pandora station, and I found myself singing the words lovingly to this sandwich.
When you love somebody it’s hard to think about anything but to breathe.
When I’m eating this sandwich, it’s hard to think about anything but to breathe.
If I could miraculously quit breathing so I could fit more bites in my mouth, I would. So dang good.
I had a replica of this sandwich in Birmingham, Alabama at Saw’s BBQ, and it’s been on my mind ever since. It was one of those sandwiches that takes your breath away. (see what I did there?)
I’m not going to tell you that my pimento cheese recipe is better than your Momma’s. Except that it is. It’s because I use Kerrygold aged cheddar blended with sharp cheddar. A squeeze of Duke’s mayo (the only self-respecting mayonnaise in the world! Trust.), plus one of those tiny jars of pimientos makes this pimento cheese better than your Momma’s. Sorry.
Also, I present to you the pinnacle of fried foods: CORNMEAL FRIED PICKLES.
If crispy, salty juicy pickles aren’t your thing, leave ’em off. This hot pimento cheese is good enough to stand on its own.
When this sandwich hits the hot pan, OH BABY.
If you’d like to listen to the Fruit Bats song while chowing down (which I highly recommend dedicating a love song to your sandwich while eating), here’s a link.
For the fried pickles:
For the pimiento cheese: