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.