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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Featured dish: Pimento Deluxe at Common Market

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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The Pimento Deluxe is one of those naughty sandwiches. The kind of sandwich that makes you look and then look away because it sounds so good in the really bad kind of way. It's the kind of sandwich you pass on during your lunch hour time and again, somehow conjuring up the willpower instead to once again order the sensible turkey sandwich on wheat, hold the mayo, extra side of self-restraint. It's the kind of sandwich that will make you feel less like a goody two-shoes and more like the kid who skipped class to smoke joints in the back of the parking lot.

Order it. You'll see.

There's nothing fancy or pretentious about this sandwich, found at both locations of Common Market. It's uncomplicated - bread, pimento cheese, bacon and tomato all smooshed together in a cheap panini press inside the deli. Your friendly hipster sandwich artist will wrap your Pimento Deluxe (or Pimmy D-Lux, if you snag one at the Plaza Midwood location) in aluminum foil and white butcher paper and send you on your merry way.

The folks at Common Market add a bit of kick to their pimento cheese by using a combination of cheddar, pepperjack and white American cheese (all Boar's Head, says Carley Englander, Common Market's Minister of Kitchen Affairs), mixed with the usual suspects: mayo and red pimentos. Then, they add jalapenos to the mix for their own twist on a classic recipe.

You can choose your own bread for the Pimmy D-Lux, but I recommend plain ol' white. A generous spatula-sized swab of pimento cheese is spread onto two slices of bread and topped with strips of bacon and sliced tomatoes, then pressed into ooey gooey union beneath a panini press. The result is a hot sandwich, branded with generic grill marks and oozing with peppery pimento cheese and crisp deli bacon.
Devour the sandwich in the privacy of your passenger seat and then pick the melted bits of cheese off the aluminum foil. You don't want to leave any trace of your momentary lapse of self-control.

Got a favorite dish in Charlotte? Share it with me at keiaishungry@gmail.com.

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