Molly Quirk is chef/owner of Sips & Bites in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If you haven’t had a thoughtfully handcrafted sandwich in a while, there’s no better place to get your fix. She’s generously donating a few of her tailgate food recipes to our cause: feeding you during football season. If you’re in the mood for some hot pimento cheese, we’ve got the dish for you.
We recently did an appetizer for a wedding that was pimento cheese, crispy pan-fried bits of bratwurst and pickled onions in an edible spoon made out of pretzel dough. It was a huge hit, a simple combination of flavors: cheese, sausage, pretzel that everyone can relate to, with a new twist on presentation.
We thought about how we could flip it for game day and this is what we came up with. We use a high quality clothbound white cheddar here because it adds a flavor complexity that you just don’t get with regular supermarket cheddar. Sometimes it’s a little tweak that makes all the difference in a simple dish like this. We like it served with any kind of pretzel, but a classic tortilla chip or a bit of toasted baguette would do very nicely here as well.
- 4 cups shredded white cheddar
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 8-ounce jar chopped pimentos, drained
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco
- 1 pound bratwurst, removed from casing
- pickled onions (recipe below)
- salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Fry bratwurst in a dry pan over medium heat breaking up with a wooden spoon as you go until it is small crumbles, cooked through and crisped.
- Remove from pan onto paper towel to drain excess fat and to cool. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all the other ingredients and pulse until everything is combined, but you still have some texture.
- Pour mixture into a mixing bowl, add sausage and fold together using a rubber spatula.
- Pour into an ungreased 8” x 8” baking dish and put in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned, hot and bubbly.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped pickled onions and serve with any kind of crackers, crisps or bread.
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