Monday, August 17, 2009

It's a Very Orange Monday.

Pimento Cheese Sliders, originally uploaded by miss.mallory.

Well, ladies and gents, it's been a while. My camera is still working (when it wants to), but I won't lie, I've had a rough couple of weeks, when I look back, it's been a rough couple of months actually. Nothing major, I've just been 'off' for a while. You know what I mean?

Still, here I am with an incredible, and simple recipe straight from this evening. It was so good I knew I had to share it, immediately I guess. I was inspired by a recipe in this months burger edition of saveur (which I just got a subscription to thanks to the ever lovely Rachelle). I did not follow the recipe due to the fact that I didn't have a few of the staple ingredients in my fridge I should. So, here's my take on 'Pimento Cheeseburgers'. Thomas wanted the traditional burger size, I opted for 'sliders'. I'm sure you know what a slider is, if not, it's a simply a burger miniaturized. Small patty, small buns. (I'm a huge fan of mini versions of big food, don't know why). These burgers are topped with a healthy dose of pimento and sharp cheddar while they finish on the grill. I've never actually had pimentos before. They're most commonly found in green olives. I'm not a fan of olives in any form, but I must say, I really loved the pimentos. It's as if a carrot and a red pepper had a baby and pickled it. Tangy, rich, sweet. Delish.

To make my hamburger patties I buy clean organic beef, season it heavily with salt and pepper and grill for about 5 minutes on each side. Every burger is perfect. I prefer to keep my meat simple and the toppings delicious. Sure you can add almost anything to your beef, but to me, a clean simple meaty taste pairs best with the endless gaggle of toppings you can slather on top. This burger got a generous scoop of pimentos mixed with sharp cheddar, a spread of caramelized onion, and fresh watercress. All of this got piled into a sweet mini bun. To orange it up even further I served these with slices of fresh orange pepper and sweet potato fries sprinkled with salt and cayenne.

This burger pairs perfectly with a warm summer evening, no wonder it's a southern burger staple (okay, probably minus the watercress and caramelized onion).

Pimento Cheese

Mix together:

1 cup shredded super sharp cheddar cheese
3 Tablespoons of finely chopped pimentos

*I just had a thought. Wouldn't sharp cheddar and pimento make an incredible grilled cheese?!

Pimento Cheese Sliders, originally uploaded by miss.mallory.

Pimento Cheese Sliders, originally uploaded by miss.mallory.


RachelleLouise said...

MMMM! Those look amazing!!! So do the sweet potato fries!!! Yeah, you don't hear about pimentos too often, do you? Your description of them makes me want to get on board!