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Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches

I am a sucker for a good grilled cheese sandwich.

Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches

Not just any grilled cheese, mind.  Yes, growing up I loved grilled cheese sandwiches made from processed cheese slices and that cotton candy white bread.  Let’s just say my palate has matured.  These days I have some pretty strict standards for grilled cheese.  They are as follows:

  1. The Bread – The bread must be something crusty, a little rustic, and cut no thinner than 1/2-inch thick.  I like country Italian bread best, or a French baguette.
  2. The Cheese – When it comes to cheese I prefer REAL cheese, never cheese wrapped in a goofy plastic sleeve, and I like it roughly grated for melting into nooks and crannies.
  3. The Butter – I like a lavish coating of butter, salted please, on the bread so you get a golden brown crust that has a satisfying crunch.
  4. The Add-Ons – I generally like a little extra something to spark the flavor of my grilled cheese.  Dijon mustard, mango chutney, and caramelized onions come to mind.

It is the 4th requirement that makes this particular sandwich a real stand-out!  Read on …
Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches

I am from Texas, and here I think all babies are born loving pimento cheese.  The creamy blend of mayonnaise, shredded cheddar, and earthy pimentos is belt-bustingly good.  So popular is this spread that is has been showing up in grilled cheese sandwiches for a long while now.  I make my pimento cheese a little differently – like most things, I do it my way.  First, I use a mix of cheeses, at least one of them smoked.  Second, I add a hefty dash of the wonder sauce known as sriracha.  Spread my pimento cheese into a grilled sandwich with a little crisp cooked bacon and you have what I can only describe as ‘instant crack’.  This makes a great addition to a party (football watching parties comes to mind), and these can also be made on the grill for tailgating, just make them up in advance and grill them when you are ready!

Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches   Serves 8

1/2 cup shredded sharp smoked cheddar
1/2 cup shredded smoked gouda
1/2 cup shredded medium cheddar
1/2 cup shredded jack cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise (I prefer Duke’s here, and you should, too)
2 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons  sriracha, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup diced pimentos, drained well
8 strips center cut smoked bacon, cooked crisp
16 1/2-inch thick slices of rustic bread, about 4″x2″ slices
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

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In a medium bowl combine the shredded cheeses.  Next, in a separate bowl combine the mayonnaise, cream cheese, sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce.  Whisk until the mixture is well combined and smooth.  Add the mayonnaise mixture into the shredded cheese along with the drained pimentos.  Mix until the cheese is evenly coated and the pimentos are well distributed, then cover with plastic and chill for at least 1 hour, or up to 3 days.

Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches

While the pimento cheese chills cut the bacon slices in half and butter one side of each slice of bread.

Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches

To prepare the sandwiches start by heating a heavy skillet or griddle to medium heat.  Place eight slices of the bread butter side down and divide the spread evenly among them.  Spread the pimento cheese evenly over the bread, making sure to reach the edges so you get lots of gooey drips, and then place two bacon halves on the cheese.  Top with a bread slice, buttered side up.

Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches

Place the sandwiches into the hot pan and grill until the bread is golden brown, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.  Carefully flip the sandwich and griddle for 1 minute more, or until the second side is golden.  The pimento cheese melts fast so keep an eye on it.  Allow the sandwiches to cool for two minutes before serving.

Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches


Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon SandwichesEnjoy!


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19 Responses to “Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches”

  1. *faints*

    Seriously, these look incredible!!! Maybe a sandwich book next?!?

    PS…I have that same napkin…and for some reason, that makes me really happy! :)

  2. Thanks for the step by step way on how to make the perfect grilled cheese! I am dying for one now!!

  3. Lacy says:

    This sounds AMAZING!! The good crusty bread is an absolute must, slathered in butter! Love sriracha, this would prob rank up there as one of my fav grilled cheeses ever. Looks divine!

  4. Memoria says:

    I’m a Texan, too, but I’m not much of a fan of pimento cheese. However, the additions you made to the filling is tempting me to try this stuff out again. YUM! What great photos.

  5. Cara says:

    This looks like heaven in a sandwich!!

  6. This has me giddy on the inside. eeeek. so good!

  7. Jen H says:

    Holy Moly, this sounds like an Ultimate Grilled Cheese and one I must make ASAP!

  8. Lisa says:

    Oh, you are evil indeed! I have a feeling this will be my new favorite grilled cheese!

  9. Oh wow, these look insanely good, I love a good grilled cheese sammie, I’m for sure going to try these this weekend…

  10. best post! I could eat one of these every day!

  11. Yum! Love this recipe. I’m on a homemade sourdough kick lately, and I’m just imagining how fabulous this would be on sourdough!

  12. Those are some nice looking grilled cheeses!

  13. Mary says:

    Just found your site through Twitter [I’m new]. What a lovely blog! You have some fabulous recipes here, and I just had to post this delicious looking sandwich on Pinterest and my Facebook page. I have just started my own blog and it is pages like yours that give me inspiration and a goal to strive towards. I will be returning often as your newest follower and fan !


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