Deviled Egg Salad

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Spring has sprung and Easter is on its way!  When I was growing up, my mom always hard boiled eggs and rested them in these adorable, ceramic Easter bunny holders.  She took a seemingly boring snack and made it fun – my favorite way to serve food.  I am a sucker for these eggs – rolled in salt and pepper, mixed with avocado on toast, and made into creamy, tangy deviled eggs with a kick.

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Why not have the best of both worlds?  This snack/breakfast/light lunch is great to make ahead of time and when paired with crispy toast (sourdough is my favorite, but Ezekiel bread makes a great healthy option!)  I couldn’t nix mayonnaise entirely, but I mixed it with plain greek yogurt for a protein boost.

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FUN TRICK!  I’ve tried everything in the book when it comes to making “perfect”, easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs.  And, I think I finally found the answer – steaming them!   I fill a big pot up with about an inch of water, turn on high, and place the eggs in a steaming basket (or a colander) in one layer, cover, and steam for 15 minutes.  If you have to stack on top of each other, add a few extra minutes.  After a quick ice bath, they’re ready to eat.  They turn out perfectly every single time and the shell slips right off of them!

If you make extra Easter eggs this year, use this salad to use them up!

Deviled Egg Salad on Toast
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
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Serves: 2 open faced sandwiches
 
Try this twist of a egg salad and deviled eggs!
Ingredients
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. plain green yogurt
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • Two slices of bread, toasted - I like sourdough for a "splurge" and Ezekiel bread as a healthy choice
Instructions
  1. Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Toast bread until crispy.
  3. Top each piece with half the egg salad mixture, top with additional pepper, and enjoy!

 

Bacon Bourbon Jam and Baked Brie

The only picture I could capture before people started digging in!

The only picture I could capture before people started digging in!

Back in college, I had three main food groups – Eggo (waffles), Choco(late) , and Baco(n).  Let’s be clear…I was NOT a good cook in college.  My life’s motto was, “How is Maddy going to use her toaster oven today?”, which resulted in a lot of quesadillas, broiled hot dogs, dino nuggets, and Eggo waffles.  It was by FAR my favorite kitchen appliance.

Now, I occasionally eat weird foodie whole grain waffles with fruit, antioxidant-filled dark chocolate, and last, but most certainly not least, a lot of bacon.  Good ol’, thick cut, salty, fatty bacon.  Balance, right?  Or something like that…

So, when I was brainstorming potential burger toppings, I wanted to try and make homemade bacon jam.  I’ve seen it on charcuterie boards in restaurants and thought it couldn’t be THAT hard, so I went at it!  The process took a while, but it was incredibly rewarding.  What resulted was this delicious, savory jam that I couldn’t wait to try on everything.  We ate it on burgers that night which was DELISH – and I had some leftover and my mind started turning for the perfect appetizer combination that would wow a crowd.  Bacon and Brie!  Classic combination!

I used a variation of this recipe to create the jam.  Check it out below and let me know what you all think!

Bacon Bourbon Jam and Baked Brie
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6 appetizer servings
 
This bacon jam and baked brie will definitely impress a crowd! The jam will keep for some time in your fridge, so you can make ahead of time and quickly assemble this appetizer.
Ingredients
For the Bacon Jam:
  • 1 lb thick cut bacon
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 2 yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry thyme
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. bourbon
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ⅓ cup of water
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium wheel of brie
  • 1 sleeve of savory crackers (I chose cracked pepper flavor)
Instructions
  1. Using a cast iron pan, cook the bacon strips until crispy, then set aside. You may need to do this in 2-3 sets because you don't want to overcrowd the pan.
  2. Drain excess bacon grease into a bowl.
  3. Chop your bacon into small pieces.
  4. Put two tsp. of bacon grease back into pan and add butter. Saute onions over medium heat until translucent - about 7 minutes.
  5. Add salt, thyme, brown sugar, sherry vinegar, bourbon, pepper, and cayenne pepper to pan and stir until combined.
  6. Add water and bacon. Stir consistently until mixture results in a "jammy" texture and a red/brown color - about 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and stir in balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  8. To heat the brie: Wrap in aluminum foil and bake for about 8-10 minutes (around 375 degrees). Preheat jam before serving. You'll have plenty of extra jam with this recipe.
  9. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

 

 

Edamame “Hummus” + Vail Adventures

Superbowl Spread! Healthy Style

Superbowl Spread! Healthy Style

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to fly out to Colorado, drive up through the beautiful mountains, and spend the weekend with 15 friends from high school and college.  My good friend, Hannah, whom I’ve known for over TEN years (OMG!) had all of us to her family’s BEAUTIFUL house overlooking BeaverCreek/Avon.  The view was insane, the food we made was delicious, and the company was even better.

Snowboarding Crew! At the top of the mountain by Two Elks

Snowboarding Crew! At the top of the mountain by Two Elks

I gladly took on the task of planning three giant meals for the crew – I settled on this pulled pork recipe which I’ve made a few times and it’s a real crowd pleaser, Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken for a taco night, and this delicious spaghetti recipe (minus the green pepper).  All three dinners turned out really well and were so easy for such a large group of people!

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What Would Olivia Pope Do? Wine and Popcorn Pairings!

Chipotle Lime Popcorn with Rioja Crianza

Chipotle Lime Popcorn with Rioja Crianza

SCANDAL PREMIERE IS TONIGHT!!! I am beyond excited.  For those who haven’t seen the show, I cannot recommend it enough!  Such a guilty pleasure of mine – all four seasons so far have been amazing, and I have high hopes for this one.  Not to mention, I want everything in Olivia Pope’s closet because her pant suits are to DIE FOR.

So, as those who are avid Scandal followers know, it’s only appropriate for tonight’s dinner to be wine and popcorn.  For those unfamiliar with the show – it’s the only thing the main character is ever seen eating/drinking.  My boyfriend was incredibly thoughtful and got me the actual REAL Olivia Pope wine glasses for my birthday this year and I’m channeling my inner Olivia tonight.  But this isn’t any ordinary red wine and plain ol’ popcorn.  CHIPOTLE LIME popcorn followed with DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER POPCORN BALLS!  Yes, you heard me.  A full meal with popcorn.

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3 Ingredient Monkey Bites

Marvelous Monkey Bites – delicious, nutritious, and easy to make!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t go to bed unless I’ve had some sort of chocolate-peanut butter-sumthin’sumthin’.  Downside?  Most sweet treats have a ton of sugar, fat, and calories.   UNTIL I invented these marvelous little treats!  They satisfy the craving, are the perfect size, and you can have TWO and still feel bomb diggity about yourself.

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