Tonight is Poker Night for Mr. Wii and his friends. Each guy brings something to snack on while they play Poker. Mr. Wii is quite specific about his Poker Night Man Food. There are rules. The number one rule, it cannot be messy. The guys don’t want particles and drips or stickiness all over the chips and cards. It can’t be too big, nor too small. The snack must be able to be classified as a Man Food. To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure what is good Poker Night Man Food, so I just follow Mr. Wii’s lead. Kinda like dancing in the kitchen.
He wanted Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches. Easy enough. However, I did cut them wrong. I had cut them into sandwich halves on the diagonal. He said they were too big. Too big? Are you kidding me? I thought he was kidding me. Nope, he went and got a knife and cut them all in half again. I didn’t tell him they looked like tea sandwiches. I’m not so sure he knows what a tea sandwich is. It would have been wasted humor. I laughed to myself.
The sandwiches are quite easy. All you need is a cheddar cheese of your liking, or Mr. Wii’s liking. In this case it was Colby and I used two 8 ounce bricks. A 4 ounce jar of pimientos. The chopped would have been perfect, but the sliced were just fine. Mayo, of course. A pinch of salt, only if you think you need it, and a soft, white bread. Whole grains and artisnal breads are out the door. No sour dough, rye, or baguette. This sandwich requires a doughy soft, stick to your teeth kind of bread. You all know what I’m talking about, don’t pretend you don’t.
I grate the cheese. I heard you gasp. No, I didn’t buy the already shredded stuff. Do you want to know why? Can you handle it? It’s not going to be pretty. Okay….Mr. Wii says there is “mold” on the already shredded cheese. That’s what he calls that white powder stuff that somebody adds to perfectly good cheese to keep it from sticking together. I call that white stuff “anti-coagulant”. I warned you.
It didn’t take any time at all to shred the cheese. Make sure it is nice and cold, it makes it easier to shred. Nice, creamy shreds of Colby cheese. Yum.
Next, you drain the liquid from the jar of pimientos. Save the liquid, it can be used to thin out the spread a bit, if needed. Then, add the mayo a couple of spoonfuls at a time. Just lightly stir until evenly distributed, no need to over mix. It will be pasty if you over mix. Add more mayo until the shreds are pretty much covered. Go ahead and add some of the reserved liquid to make it creamy. Give it a taste and add only a pinch of salt, if needed, and you are ready to make sandwiches.
I didn’t add any additional butter or mayo to the bread slices. If we were taking these to a picnic, I would have put a thin layer of butter on each slice…..just to keep the sandwich from getting soggy. These sandwiches were going directly down the street to Poker Night at the neighbor’s.
They really would have been tea sandwiches if I had buttered the bread and cut off the crust!