It is holiday season which means lots of family and friends entertaining. It is always nice to have an easy but tasty appetizer to either serve or bring to a dinner party. I love me some deviled eggs, and it is so simple to make. There are tons of recipes out there and different variations (I recommend trying Martha’s Avocado Deviled Eggs). I personally love straight forward mayo, mustard, egg style deviled eggs. Nothing fancy in this recipe! This one is courtesy of a good friend down in NOLA, Chef Anne. She served these one time, and I seriously think I ate a dozen. I made these last night, and Chef John and Claire (Mexican corn lover and daughter of the famous Peg from Peg’s Destin Shrimps) gave this recipe the the thumbs up!- ts
Chef Anne’s note: You can boil the eggs and make the mixture a few hours in advance, store it in the frdige, and then put it all together right before people are ready to eat them. Also, I use small eggs because they are more bite-size
1 dozen eggs
2 teaspoons dijon mustard (Zataran’s creole mustard is best)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp minced shallot
dashes of hot sauce (perhaps Sriracha!)
Salt and pepper
Paprika and Green Onion for garnish
- Hard boil the eggs. Fill up a large saucepan half-way with water and gently add the eggs. Cover the eggs with at least an inch of water. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil. Cover, and remove from heat. Let sit covered for 12-15 minutes. Drain hot water from pan and run cold water over the eggs. (At this point if you crack the egg shells while the eggs are cooling, it will make it easier to peel the shells.) Let sit in the cool water a few minutes, changing the water if necessary to keep it cool. If you kinda roll the eggs on the counter, the shells get all cracked and are a little easier to peel.
- Peel the eggs. Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. (Egg yolks come out really easily, just kinda use a spoon and gently pop them out into the bowl). Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter.
- Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add mustard, mayonnaise, shallot, tabasco, chopped green onions (same some for on top) and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. (You can also use like a cake decorator thing, but I just kinda wing it…) Sprinkle with paprika and chopped green onions.
Optional: add chopped herbs to the mixture
I have not posted in a while, but that is because I have not been making new recipes recently. We have so many great recipes on this site, and I had fallen into a trap of cooking the same 4 or 5 things because they are so tasty. Yesterday I decided to browse my list of “to make” recipes and came across one that for months I kept meaning to make. When it came down to buying the ingredients, it always just looked a little too healthy. Since the holidays are around the corner, I thought it best to start getting the health in now. This is a recipe for mushroom and leek wild rice I saw on Closet Cooking, with my own tweaks. It is so tasty and surprisingly filling. It reminds me of a healthier version of my mushroom and leek risotto recipe! I highly recommend making this. I served the rice over a bed of baby greens and added a couple slices of skirt steak for extra protein (quickly marinated in a soy, garlic, onion, sugar mixture and grilled).
Wild rice takes longer to cook then regular rice so start it first! The mushroom, leek, herb, rice mixture is tossed with balsamic vinaigrette. Feel free to use your favorite recipe, I wrote down a standard one below.– ts
1 cup wild rice
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon oil
2 – 3 leeks green and white parts cleaned and sliced
2 cloves garlic
8- 10 ounces mushrooms (sliced) – I used a mix of cremini, shiitake and oyster
1 teaspoon thyme (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
a large handful chopped pecans
about a 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette (recipe below)
- Simmer the wild rice in the broth on medium-low heat, covered, until it is tender and it has absorbed all of the broth, about 50-60 minutes and remove from heat. Drain excess liquids.
- Heat the oil and melt the butter in a large dutch oven/pan.
- Add the leeks and saute until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the mushrooms, thyme, salt and pepper and saute until the mushrooms are just starting to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes.
- Mix the wild rice, mushrooms, pecans and balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1-2 large cloves garlic minced
chopped herbs (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1. Mix/shake everything together
It is no secret that I love beets. I once did a beta carotene only diet with my roommate. We lasted about 48 hours until we read that your skin can turn orange. Prune restaurant in NYC is one of the best and definitely in my top 5 restaurants in NYC. If you live there or are visiting you must go for dinner or brunch. The bone marrow will amaze you. It is also located on my favorite intersection in NYC (aka nexus of the universe) 1st and 1st. Anyways back to the beets, I think beets simply roasted with olive oil add cheese and nuts is always a tasty treat. However, Prune serves their beets with this amazing aioli sauce and the beet greens. I finally got my hands on the recipe. ENJOY! – ts
16–20 small (not baby) beets with greens attached
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1 egg yolk, at room temperature
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup mild olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350°. Cut greens off beets, leaving 2″ of the stalks attached to beets. Wash greens and beets and set aside separately.
- Roast beets in oven (using method at right) until soft, about 1 hour. Unwrap beets and set aside to cool, then peel.
- Meanwhile, cook beet greens in a medium pot of boiling salted water over high heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, squeezing out excess water, and put into a bowl. Toss with extra-virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to cool.
- To serve, spoon some of the aïoli (recipe below) onto 4 small plates, then divide greens and beets between plates, putting greens on top of aïoli and beets on top of greens. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Put garlic, mustard, and 1 tsp. salt into a medium bowl and use the back of a wooden spoon to crush them into a paste.
- Add egg yolk and whisk until pale.
- Add lemon juice and whisk until frothy.
- Gradually add vegetable oil, and olive oil, in slow steady streams, whisking constantly, until oils are incorporated and mixture is emulsified. Adjust seasonings.
The real Kismet
While I was deciding which recipe to post today from my Nummy email archive, The Chef sent over this one, and it obviously trumped all the other options. And then I clicked over to find that TanyaNads had cosmically received The Chef’s bacon brainwaves down in NOLA and started the ball (of fat) rolling on her own!
Now that is what I call Kismet. Or “Bacon Thursday.” Whatever floats your boat. And what floats my boat is lard.
T-shirt from Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, MS. Clearly, I own this.
I have had a version of this sweet, salty goodness at many an MCC wedding, which might make you think I run with a pretty posh crowd. Let me prove you wrong: When The Chef sent this over, he mentioned that this freezes well, so you should make a whole bunch.
He also mentioned that he’s actually eaten this “straight outta the freezer” and that it’s pretty good that way. Clearly, I was impressed. The man made himself a bacon lollipop. That’s just sexy.
I would suggest that you could add a little chili powder to the mix and no one would be mad, but I’ll leave that up to you. Either way, this treat is entirely worth the extra hour you’ll have to spend on The StairMaster to work it off. And that’s how long it’s been since I’ve been to the gym. I think The StairMaster is still a relevant piece of workout equipment. Fat. And. Happy.
10 slices bacon (Wright or Benton’s if you can get ’em)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tsp brown sugar
Coarse black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 325.
- Mix all ingredients except bacon together.
- Place bacon on parchment paper on sheet pans. Lay in single layer. (This is where the skewer would come in if you are presentation-conscious.)
- Bake for 15 minutes, then brush with glaze and bake for another 5 minutes. Munch heartily. (But remove that stick before you. Nummy is not yet wealthy enough to retain counsel.)
You know how sometimes people think hot girls are automatically stupid? Like there’s no way that something can look that good on the outside and not be either dumb or awful on the inside? Well, I think this salad is that hot girl. And this one actually reads Dostoyevsky for fun and got a perfect score on her ACT.
(Incidentally, I would hate that chick.)
What I’m sayin’ is there’s substance here as well as pretty. The avocado and cheese are rich, the tomatoes are juicy and tangy, and the croutons give you the perfect amount of crunch. Dress all that up in Balsamic and drive it around town in your new convertible? It will be like Weird Science in here. And everybody wants that. (Minus Chet.)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp honey
3/4 cup olive oil
juice of half a lemon
salt to taste
- Mix all ingredients except oil.
- Slowly add oil while constantly whisking until it emulsifies.
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 orange tomatoes, chopped
2 yellow tomatoes, chopped
1 ripe avocado, chopped
1.5 cups of diced mozzarella
1 cup of fresh croutons
salt to taste
1 tbsp mint or basil (optional)
- Mix together and toss in dressing.
- Eat and bask in the afterglow.