I made this pimento cheese deviled eggs recipe to enter in to the annual Eggland’s Best “America’s Best Recipe” Contest. I love eggs year round but in the spring, my mind turns to hard boiled eggs. My grandmother taught me how to make deviled eggs after Easter and it was one of my first experiences cooking in the kitchen. It all seemed very magical to take eggs from her backyard chickens and turn them into a delicious snack! I was amazed how easy it was and fun. My grandmother loved pimento cheese so I made these Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs in her honor.
You can visit the Eggland’s Best website to find more information about the Eggland’s Best “America’s Best Recipe” Contest and enter at: https://www.americasbestrecipe.com/contest.
I am excited to enter a recipe that incorporates both EB eggs and regional favorite ingredients. Since I live in Nashville, I decided to represent with some local favs- pimiento cheese, deviled eggs, and pulled pork. I rolled those all up into one to present you with Pulled Pork Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs. Now if that isn’t Southern, I don’t know what is! How will you integrate a locally-sourced ingredient to show your state or regional pride?
Why I Use Cage-Free, Organic Eggs:
- I grew up eating farm fresh eggs that my grandmother raised and I appreciate a good egg. I can see the difference and taste the difference in the yolk.
- 100% USDA Organic Certified (read this for why I eat organic food whenever possible)
- Cage Free (Very important to me on an ethical level. I can’t image life in a cage barely my size.)
- They are healthier. For example, compared to ordinary eggs, each Eggland’s Best egg offers four times more vitamin D, more than double the omega-3s, and contains 25% less saturated fat.
Pulled Pork Pimento Cheese Deviled Egg Recipe:
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 24 deviled egg halves
Pulled Pork Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs Ingredients:
- 12 organic free range eggs
- 1/3 cup creamy mayonnaise
- juice of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1/4 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
- 1/4 cup of Monterey jack cheese, finely shredded
- 3 tablespoons pimentos, diced (you can buy them in a jar or roast red bell peppers yourself)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- paprika to sprinkle on top
- 12 slices of bread and butter pickles for garnish (Can be bought at the store but many people around here grow cucumbers in the garden and pickle them. My mom always gives me a homemade jar.)
- 3/4 cup of pulled pork- about 1 tbsp for topping each deviled egg (optional)
My recipe includes all the ingredients for homemade pimento cheese for best flavor.
How To Make Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs Topped With Pulled Pork
Fill a large saucepan part way with water. Place eggs slowly and carefully into the water so as not to crack them. Make sure the water covers the large eggs and then place on the stove over medium-high heat until they come to a boil. Turn off and allow to sit covered for 12 minutes. Your eggs should now be hard boiled.
Pour off the hot water and fill the pan with cold water and ice. Peel the eggs right away, running under cool water if they are hot.
Slice the eggs in half, lengthwise. Pop all the egg yolks out of the egg whites and into a bowl. Sometimes I just squeeze them gently and they pop out. Other times I scoop the egg yolk out with a spoon. Then add mayo and lemon juice. Stir until smooth. Now add in the sweet relish, diced pimento pepper, and shredded cheese. Stir until smooth.
Some folks might use a food processor to mix the filling but I prefer to do it by hand so it doesn’t get too smooth.
Add the salt, pepper and cayenne red pepper. Then taste to see if it suits you or if you need a bit more of any of them.
Spoon the deviled filling back into the egg halves. Now you garnish with the bread and butter pickle and sprinkle with paprika.
Some folks, like my Aunt Julie, use a piping bag for even more beautiful presentation but I go old fashioned and rustic.
You could be done there or you could go ahead and add some pulled pork on top. Delish! Then serve them up with some fried okra or some biscuits or some cornbread!
If you have extra, store your deviled eggs in a single layer in an airtight container. This Southern classics are pretty popular though and chances are you won’t have leftovers! Especially, if I am in the vincinity!
There you have it. A few simple ingredients make a big hit! I hope you enjoy these Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs as much as I do. They are so yummy!
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Do you think you will try this Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs Recipe? Will you top them with pulled pork? Are you going to enter Eggland’s Best America’s Best Recipe Contest? What are you thinking of making with eggs to wow the judges?