The dish: Charred Jalapeno Pimento Cheese
From: Iron Starr Urban Barbecue, 3700 N Shartel Ave.
Iron Starr, a member of the A Good Egg Dining Group family of restaurants, is known for its gourmet approach to classic barbecue and Southern cuisine. When corporate chef Robert Black was tasked with sprucing up the menu last year, one of the new items he brought to the menu was this attack on the finger-food staple of the 1970s and '80s. Served with grilled toast, fresh celery and pepper ceviche, this appetizer sells for $6.
The Food Dude sez: This is a tasty way to kick-start your palate, offering spiciness, creaminess and plenty of crunch without ruining your appetite.
As the cheese on a burger, it'll steal the show.
I talked to chef Black about his dish, and here's what he had to say.
The inspiration: “We wanted to create a casual version of the more haute ‘cheese plate' — something that would complement our urban barbecue,” Black said.
What distinguishes it from traditional pimento cheese: Charred green chiles and the kalamata olives, caperberries, jalapenos, red peppers, cornichons and pearl onions.
One thing folks would never guess about this pimento cheese is: It's the perfect topping to a chargrilled burger, and it also makes an awesome grilled cheese sandwich.