Behold the unsung hero of the Masters: amazing sandwiches that are as cheap and delicious as they come.
There is absolutely no reason why you can't bring the best of Augusta to your home this week as the 2013 Masters plays out before you on the TV. Sure, the azaleas aren't as bright and lush, but the food can be just as tasty.
Golf Digest reports the fare at Augusta is extremely affordable as you can see by the prices below.
Well, that does us no good because we are stuck watching live feeds from Amen Corner thousands of miles away. Now is not the time to fret, but rather the moment you get yourself to a store and pick up some of the following necessities.
Note: These recipes are not official Masters concoctions. Also, if you have issues with making a proper turkey and cheese on wheat, go ahead and slap yourself in the face one time for me. Thanks.
I haven't had the great fortune of eating one of these bad boys, so I will go ahead and believe what a recent fan named Paul Clinton told USA Today. "I'm not a big pimento cheese eater. But last year I had one here, and my mouth was ready for it this year."
This might not be the exact Masters recipe, but it sounds like the real deal.
Eight sandwiches should get you through day one. I would advise chasing all of them with a refreshing Arnold Palmer for added effect.
Tiny Test Kitchen provides a recipe below, because ain't nobody got time for videos.
1 cup Swiss cheese, about 5 oz, finely grated
3/4 cup American cheese, 4 oz, finely grated
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 oz pimentos, chopped with juices
4 slices white bread, we used Arnold Brick Oven white bread
1. Combine all ingredients but bread. Stir vigorously for 2-3 minutes. Apply half to one slice of bread, form a sandwich with another slice. Cut through the middle, into two halves. Repeat.
2. It really is as easy as that!
PlainChicken.com has you hooked up for an egg salad sandwich recipe they call the "Better Than Augusta Egg Salad," because it's not enough to make a damn good sandwich, you have to rub it in people's faces and scoff at their mediocrity.
6 hard-cooked eggs, diced
1/2 c diced celery
2 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp pepper
To cook the eggs:
Place the eggs in a single layer in a heavy saucepan and cover with cold water by at least one inch. Add a teaspoon of salt. Leaving the pot uncovered, turn the heat to high. As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and cover. After 10 minutes, remove the cover and run cold water over eggs for one minute.
To peel, gently tap each egg against the counter, turning to make a crackle pattern. Start peeling at the broad end, where there is an air pocket.
To make the egg salad: Combine all ingredients and chill.
The last part of the recipe seems to be left out, which is to go take a nap. I am glad they left that out because then we have more sandwiches to consume.
Try as I might, there wasn't much in the way of anyone duplicating or providing a version of this Masters classic. MY BBQ Blog did offer some pictures for those interested and gave a review that basically offered the sandwich was good but not great.
For those go-getters in the crowd, here is a recipe to create your own masterpiece. We went with beef instead of pork because sometimes you have to laugh at conventions and spice things up with anarchy. Now enjoy.
For those who have never tasted a club sandwich, we will have moment of silence for you.
Now, get yourself to the store and buy enough bacon for this recipe from Food Network. Now, go back out and buy more bacon.
The easiest way to ruin this particular sandwich is to over think the entire dish. The best club I ever had was basically a bacon sandwich with just a hint of turkey in there. In fact, I think I mumbled, "Hey, there's turkey in here" right before passing out.
Grilled Chicken Wrap
OK, you are making me sad. If you simply have to watch those ever-expanding curves of yours, we will humor your grilled chicken needs.
Here is a recipe for a Mexican version, but you can axe the salsa if you want to be completely safe and sensible. You probably look both ways when crossing the street too, right? Thought so.
Classic Chicken Sandwich
Rejoice, because the chicken sandwich has returned to the Masters. Augusta.com reports on the return of a classic and the reviews vary from amazing Chick-fil-A duplicate to a mediocre crunch-less mess.
We can solve that because we have a recipe that will have you moonwalking out of the kitchen with a sandwich so delicious you will almost forget there is a golf tournament on.
If you really need the recipes to these sandwiches, do me a favor and keep it a secret. I don't want anyone to know you are having trouble figuring out where the bread goes in a turkey sandwich.
Ham and Cheese on Rye — Any self-respecting foodie goes with Swiss cheese for their future scintillating sandwich. I will also accept Monterey Jack, but anything else and you are on your own. I won't vouch for your rebellious ways.
Veggie Wrap — You must be a blast at parties. Here is a recipe that should pair well with that Almond Milk smoothie you are drinking.
Turkey and Cheese on Wheat — See cheese recommendations above. Also, I would ask that you live a little and ditch the wheat for a less sensible but entirely delicious french roll.
You might also want to add bacon, which is good advice for any meal, really.
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