By: Sam Kohler
Having recently moved from Wisconsin down to Mississippi, I have been lucky enough to experience a whole new cultural experience when it comes to staple foods and ingredients of the Southeast United States. Though I am familiar with Pimento Cheese and Tasso, growing up in rural Wisconsin these foods were not common place or often found in the same communal settings that you might find them in the Southeast. This being said, I am not necessarily looking to “reinvent the wheel” when it comes to the BLT sandwich as I have a deep appreciation for the simplicity and flavors of this American classic. This recipe instead is a different interpretation of the BLT that I think pairs the delicious spices of wild boar tasso with the creamy, mayo-based flavors of pimento cheese to create a unique sandwich that is accented by the classic condiments of a BLT.
- 1 Pack of Gamekeeper Butchery Wild Boar Tasso, Thinly Sliced
- 2 Beef Steak Tomato, Sliced
- 1 Head of Butterhead Lettuce or Iceberg Lettuce
- 1 Loaf of White Bread, toasted sliced
- 1 Container of Pimento Cheese
- To begin, Mise en Place all your ingredients and have them set out. (“Mise en Place” is a French culinary phrase to organize, measure, and cut all your ingredients before begin assembling or cooking. This practice helps a lot anytime you are about to cook a multi-ingredient recipe no matter how complex or simple it may be.)
- Next, take a pan and heat it to medium-high heat and cook your thinly sliced tasso in the pan. You want to cook the tasso until a nice browning has occurred on the ham and the edges are crisp. Remove the tasso once its cooked and place it on a plate.
- To build the sandwich is a simple as can be. Simply take the pimento cheese and place it on the bottom slice, then layer tasso, tomato slices, and finally lettuce on top and the sandwich is complete!