TRADITION WE CAN BELIEVE IN-WHY WE LOVE THE MASTERS
They say change is good… Isn’t that how President Obama got elected? But Chicks Love Sports is old school, relishing in history, customs and etiquette. And that is why we love The Masters. There are so many wonderful traditions at Augusta National that the subject is inexhaustible and takes much more time than my lunch hour. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Green Jacket Ceremony, Par 3 Contest, the Champions Dinner and the inexpensive but ever delicious pimento cheese sandwiches…. Oh, I know what you’re thinking? What about progress? What about women’s rights and the fact that women are not allowed to be members at the mother of all Country Clubs? Chicks Love Sports agrees progress is good when it comes to driver face technology and indoor plumbing for instance, but as far as Augusta National is concerned… What part of private as in private club is hard to understand?
Chick Feed: The Champions Dinner, also known as the Masters Club began in 1952 by Ben Hogan. Each year, the defending champion hosts previous Masters champions and honorary members in a special dinner on Tuesday night prior to the tournament. The defending champion also selects the menu.
The Mother of all Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches(Some Like It Hot)
Miss Mattie’s Southern Pimiento Cheese
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mayonnaise
1 7 oz jar diced pimiento –drained
1/2 cup chopped jarred sweet-hot pickled jalapeno pepper slices
1 tablespoon liquid from sweet-hot pickled jalapeno pepper slices
4 cups freshly grated mild Cheddar cheese (1 lb.)
Garnishes: sweet-hot pickled jalapeno pepper slices, toasted chopped pecans
- Bake 1/2 cup chopped pecans at 350° in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool 20 minutes. Stir together mayonnaise, diced pimiento, pickled jalapeño pepper slices, liquid from sweet-hot pickled jalapeño pepper slices, and toasted pecans. Stir in Cheddar cheese until well blended. Garnish, if desired.
We tested with The Original Texas Sweet & Hot Jalapeños.
- 1. Prepare Miss Mattie’s Southern Pimiento Cheese as directed.
- 2. Butter 1 side of each bread slice. Place 8 bread slices, buttered sides down, on a hot griddle or in a large skillet over medium heat.
- 3. Spread 1/2 cup pimiento cheese over each bread slice on griddle. Top each with 2 cooked bacon slices.
- 4. Place remaining 8 bread slices, buttered sides up, on bacon. Turn sandwiches, and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. (Pimiento cheese should be slightly melted.) Serve with strawberry preserves.