The book Big Lies In A Small Town takes place in Edenton, North Carolina, which is a real southern coastal town in the Carolina Inner Banks region. Pimiento cheese is a true southern staple and can be found at many restaurants in North Carolina. It has been called “the paste that holds the South together” and “Southern Pâté.” This sandwich is a decadent way to enjoy Pimiento Cheese by topping it with bacon and tomato, then grilling it.
I think there are as many pimiento cheese recipes as there are Southern Grandmothers. I have seen it made with Durkee Famous Sauce, Horseradish, and various other “secret” ingredients. Some recipes have sugar in them, but I only crave the savory kind.
The recipe I used for my Ultimate Grilled Pimiento Cheese topped with Bacon and Tomato is a simple one. It is elevated by using good quality ingredients. I use both sharp and extra sharp cheddar cheese, but it can be made with only sharp. When making pimiento cheese, always start with a block of good quality cheddar and grate it yourself. I always use Duke’s Mayonnaise, because I think it’s the best store brand. Finally, it always tastes better if you use your grandma’s cast-iron skillet.