What I'm Cooking This Weekend . . .
When did September happen?!
Well now that's it's here-let's embrace the best part -the start of football season.
And all the delicious tailgating snacks that goes with it!
I'm excited to cheer on my home team (GO Falcons!).
And If I'm being honest-I'm equally excited about making AND eating one of my
all time favorite football snacks-Smoky Pimento Cheese Stuffed Deviled Eggs!
Make them the day before-so they're nice and chilled, and then garnish with fried popcorn shrimp
and green onion right before serving.
Yes, your read that right-Fried Popcorn Shrimp.
Go Big Or Go Home!
Pimento Cheese Stuffed Deviled Eggs
Pimento cheese is a Southern comfort food staple that is perfect in grilled cheese sandwiches or as a dip with fresh cut veggies. It also makes the perfect additional to deviled eggs. The recipe calls for making pimento cheese from scratch, but you can also use store-bought if it's available at your grocery store.
Serve the eggs garnished with crispy bacon and scallions, and if you want a really festive treat, add fried popcorn shrimp.
Recipe by Jennifer Hill Booker
yields about 24 servings
o 2 dozen eggs
o 1½ cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
o 1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
o 1/2 cup hickory smoked bacon, cooked and cut into 1/4 pieces
o 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
o 3/4 cup mayonnaise
o 1/4 cup onion, minced
o 1 large clove garlic, minced
o One 4-ounce jar diced pimentos, drained
o 1 teaspoon paprika
o 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
o Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
o 1/4 cup cooked hickory smoked bacon, crumbled
o 4 scallions, green and white parts, chopped
o 24 fried popcorn shrimp, chopped (I use SeaPak)
1. In a large saucepan, place eggs in a single layer and cover with enough water to cover the eggs with 1½ inches of water above the eggs.
2. Heat, uncovered, over medium high heat until water begins to boil; cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 1 minute.
3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and leave, covered, for 14 minutes, then rinse under cold running water for 1 minute.
4. Remove the eggs from the water, gently crack the eggshells and carefully peel under cool running water. Blot the eggs dry with paper towels.
5. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks. Place half of the yolks into a large bowl and all of the whites on a large serving platter. Save the remaining yolks for another use.
6. Mash the egg yolks into a fine crumble using the back of a dinner fork.
7. Add cheddar, 1/2 cup bacon, cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, garlic, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper and using a rubber spatula mix until well combined. (You can also make the filling in the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment.)
8. Season to taste, with salt and black pepper.
9. Using a spoon or piping bag, evenly divide the deviled egg mixture into the egg whites.
10. Garnish with crispy bacon, scallions and fried popcorn shrimp.