This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Masters Week!! Professional golf has four majors each year. The Masters, US Open, The Open (British) and the PGA Championship. The Masters is the only event played at the same venue every April. The other majors change courses each year. The Masters is played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Bobby Jones designed the course and created the event. The first Masters was held in 1934. (Read More)
I love watching the Masters because of the beauty and history of the course. I was lucky enough to attend Thursday and Friday rounds in 2013. This was a once in a lifetime, bucket list event. Thank you T. McCloy.
Since Augusta National holds The Masters every year all of the facilities are permanent, unlike other major where concession, restrooms and grand stands are temporary structures.
This is also Augusta National’s tournament! Not the PGA’s or the USGA, it is a private event so therefore they control everything. The food at The Masters is legendary. Not because it is fancy, but on the other hand, it is simple good and inexpensive. This is not the norm for a major sporting event where a beer will set you back $10.00 and a hot dog $6.00. Furthermore when you attend The Masters you are on the grounds from early morning until late in the evening. You are a captive audience and would be willing to spend much more than Augusta charges for the food. One of the legendary concessions is the pimento cheese sandwich. It is simply pimento cheese spread on white bread in a green sandwich bag for the exorbitant price of $1.50. Check out the rest of the prices.
When I attended I was amazed how well the tournament was run, not only for the players, but also for the patrons. At The Masters you are not fans or guests, you are patrons and your are treated to an exceptional experience. The grounds are immaculate and TV coverage does not do justice of the beauty of Augusta National. If you ever have the chance, do not pass it up. I know it was a dream of mine come true.
In honor of The Master, which starts today, here is my version of a simple Southern Pimento Cheese Sandwich. Augusta Nationals recipe is a tightly held secret, but this is what I believe was in that wonderful little $1.50 sandwich. I was going to attempt to fancy it up but that would go against what The Masters experience is all about.
I hope you enjoy while watching The Masters this weekend
1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese such as Cabot’s, shredded (yellow preferably)
3/4 cup Jarlsberg® Swiss cheese. shredded
4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp Kraft low-fat mayonnaise (Tip: use mayo)
1 hard-boiled egg, chopped (optional)
1 tbsp chopped shallot (optional)
3 dashes of hot sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Combine all ingredients in food processor. Spread on white bread or crackers and enjoy. Simple and good.
Makes about 3 cups.