Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pimento Cheese Bacon Biscuit Sandwiches

It was wonderful to go back to Alabama for a week over the holidays and catch up with friends, but there were a few surprises in store resulting from changes in the restaurant scene. One morning, I went to the Overall Company to get my favorite pimento cheese and bacon biscuits, and found that they have moved (and will apparently reopen soon), and another coffee shop was serving in the meantime, but had a new menu. I had a perfectly passable quiche, but then became obsessed with making my own replacement pimento cheese and bacon biscuits.

Begged a pimento cheese recipe from a friend's dear mom, and dug around the internet for biscuit ideas. One day, I hope to be one of those people who makes biscuits so often, they have no need of recipes, and even leave the dry ingredients already mixed to be ready to go in the morning! In the meantime, I used this recipe (without the sugar on top - I prefer savory biscuits): http://www.food.com/recipe/southern-buttermilk-biscuits-26110

I read many pimento cheese recipes too, and was amazed at the diversity I saw. Yet, I went with my friend's suggestion - a simple blend of 3 ingredients: one 2 oz. jar of pimentos, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (added a bit of shredded Red Fox red Leicester cheese that I had on hand for a bit more strength), and just enough mayonnaise to hold it all together. Instead of the pre-shredded cheese, I grated my own. While I appreciate the convenience of pre-shredded cheese, I find the quality and flavor often is not the same.

After making the biscuits, spread, and some fancy bourbon flavored bacon, I put them all together in sandwiches and shared with friends. Yum, and I even returned to Paris with a little jar of pimentos so I can repeat the recipe for friends here some point soon!