How To Make A Pimento Cheese Sandwich

The Pimento Cheese sandwiches are something of a legend at The Masters

How To Make A Pimento Cheese Sandwich
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How To Make A Pimento Cheese Sandwich

The Pimento Cheese Sandwich is legendary when it comes to the The Masters, and here we have given a quick bit of history on why, changes in the famous recipe, and instructions on how you can make your own

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The Masters and pimento cheese sandwiches have become synonymous with one another thanks to the location of the tournament being in Georgia, a southern state. Pimento cheese sandwiches are a southern delicacy much like fried chicken (also a sandwich at the tournament) and sweet tea. However, The Masters version has been shrouded in mystery thanks to its secret recipe. For over 40 years a local caterer had provided The Masters with the sandwiches, but stopped doing so in 1998, when a local chain restaurant took over.

The local caterer, a man called Nick Rangos, refused to give over his secret recipe, but chain restaurant owner Nick Godfrey eventually worked it out and provided the pimento cheese sandwiches until 2013 when they switched vendor again. Godfrey, like Rangos, refused to give up the recipe and everyone could tell the difference.

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Wright Thompson of ESPN wrote at the time; "There's definitely more spice, and some think there's more mayo. The consistency has changed, sometimes leaving soggy bread gummed up around a big blob of the spread. From the outside, it seems like a combination of legal liability issues and stubborn pride has left the Masters concessions staff trying -- and failing, in a rare moment of fallibility -- to re-create the same recipe that generations of golf fans have enjoyed."

So what changed and what is the secret ingredient? We cannot equivocally answer either of those questions but no doubt they will once again prove to be immensely popular at the Masters. But how can you make your own? Well below is a small list of ingredients and a quick recipe...


  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 4 oz cream cheese soften to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 oz jar pimientos diced in jar, drained
  • 1 tablespoon onion very finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl

2. Mix until smooth and creamy. 

3. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow to firm.

4. Serve on bread

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