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Pimiento Grilled Cheese

Pimiento Grilled Cheese with Apple, Almond, and Arugula Salad

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Just when we think grilled cheese can't get any better, Chef Giuseppe one-ups the classic with a creamy, smoky pimiento cheese. The traditional Southern spread includes mayonnaise, sharp Cheddar, and pimientos—the red sweet peppers often stuffed into green olives. Chef Giuseppe adds nutty Gruyère to complement the Cheddar here, plus a little chipotle mayo for kick. It’s slathered on buttery brioche, then baked until golden and melty. A green apple and arugula salad adds welcome crunch and cuts through the richness of the cheese.


  • Vegetarian
  • Quick Cook

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By Chef Giuseppe

By Chef Giuseppe

Nutritional info

  • Calories 910
  • Protein 60g
  • Total Carb 70g
  • Total Fat 21g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • unsalted butter
    2 packets
    unsalted butter
  • Granny Smith apple
    Granny Smith apple
  • roasted piquillo pepper
    roasted piquillo pepper
  • chipotle mayonnaise
    2 packets
    chipotle mayonnaise
  • plain mayonnaise
    1 packet
    plain mayonnaise
  • shredded Gruyère cheese
    2 ounces
    shredded Gruyère cheese
  • shredded Cheddar cheese
    2 ounces
    shredded Cheddar cheese
  • brioche bread
    4 slices
    brioche bread
  • white balsamic vinegar
    2 teaspoons
    white balsamic vinegar
  • baby arugula
    3 ounces
    baby arugula
  • sliced almonds
    2 tablespoons
    sliced almonds

What You’ll Need

  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • baking sheet


Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    Preheat oven to 425ºF. Unwrap butter, place in a small bowl, and set aside to soften at room temperature. Rinse all produce. Slice off rounded sides of apple and thinly slice, discarding core. Roughly chop piquillo pepper.

  2. Make pimiento cheese

    Make pimiento cheese

    In a medium bowl, stir together chipotle mayonnaise, plain mayonnaise, Gruyère, Cheddar, and piquillo pepper to combine—this is a great task for your kitchen companion.

  3. Assemble grilled cheese

    Assemble grilled cheese

    Spread softened butter over 1 side of bread slices. Arrange butter-side up on a baking sheet and bake until beginning to crisp, 2 minutes, then flip. Spread pimiento cheese over plain sides of 2 bread slices—enlist a helping hand for this part. Return to oven and bake until pimiento cheese is melted and bread is golden, 2 minutes more.

  4. Finish grilled cheese

    Finish grilled cheese

    Carefully remove baking sheet from oven. Top pimiento cheese with remaining bread slices, butter-side up. Return to oven and bake until tops of sandwiches are golden, 1-2 minutes.

  5. Make salad

    Make salad

    In a large bowl (big enough for the salad), whisk together white balsamic vinegar, 1½ tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and black pepper as desired. Pat arugula dry with paper towel and add to bowl with dressing, along with almonds and apple, and toss to coat.

  6. Plate pimiento grilled cheese

    Plate pimiento grilled cheese

    Divide apple, almond, and arugula salad between serving plates. Cut pimiento grilled cheese sandwiches in half on a diagonal and serve with salad. Dig in!

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