Did you do a double take on that combination? That’s what I did when a pimento cheese sandwich on cinnamon raisin bread was served at a country club luncheon I attended. The sandwich had eye appeal, for sure, but I wasn’t too sure about the combined flavor profile of cinnamon, cheese and raisins. After one bite, I was a true believer, and I’ve been sharing this tasty duo with others for years. Most have become fans of this somewhat quirky combo.
The country club sandwich was simply made with cheddar pimento cheese and a national brand cinnamon raisin bread. That is how I had always made it, too. That is, until I realized I had some delicious smoked gouda pimento cheese made with Yancy’s Fancy Smoked Gouda Cheese in the refrigerator at the very same time there was Greenlee’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread in the pantry. I knew this would be a very different sandwich. Smoked gouda has a more robust flavor profile than cheddar and Greenlee’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread has a softer texture than other cinnamon raisin yeast breads. The possibilities were intriguing.
I made a sandwich for lunch, and it was very different, as I had expected, and very flavorful, as I had hoped. The cheese and raisins paired nicely, and the sweet cinnamon bread was balanced by the onion and garlic flavors in the pimento cheese. This would make a good grilled cheese sandwich, too. Yancy’s Fancy Smoked Gouda Cheese and Greenlee’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread are both stellar products in their own right, and it is great when we find artisan products that partner well, as these do.
Do you have a favorite sandwich with unusual ingredients?