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Jack O’ Lantern Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs get a spooky Halloween costume when dressed up  as a Jack O’ Lantern with homemade orange pimento cheese spread.
Jack O' Lantern Deviled Eggs

Jack O’ Lantern Deviled Eggs

Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is twofold: my version of the classic Southern pimento  cheese spread, plus a really cute way to  dish  it  up for Halloween parties or fun snacking.

Jack O' Lantern Deviled Eggs

The Quest for the Best….Halloween  Eats

I love  looking at clever Halloween ideas for the kids or to serve my friends at Halloween  parties. But I have to admit it becomes a bit of a challenge to  come up with something that isn’t just….weird.

Oh, I  have made the skull meatloaf before. And my meatloaf  is pretty freaking tasty, but not when it looks like a gross severed head. *laughs*

So I sit around trying  to dream things up, then tossing ideas out of the window if they  don’t have some shred of normal to them. Because I admit it. I am a bit of a nerd who likes somewhat “normal food”.

Cute but not Strange or Gross

The Jack O’ Lantern concept works for me. Deviled eggs are usually pretty mundane but people like them at  parties and potlucks. There is no weird flavor here- just the pimento cheese which I have stuffed in eggs before. And the decoration  is somewhat the same as the pimiento peppers, being peppers after all. And really,  only take a few minutes extra.

One Tip You’ll Need

The  only  caution I say  is to slice the  orange peppers really thin or they tend to  stick up  straight as a stick. They bend to the curve easier  if more is trimmed away. So enjoy, and try not to  eat them all yourself!

You’ll possibly have extra  pimento cheese depending on if you just do some for a family or do a ton  for a party.  I  have added some ideas below.

Jack O' Lantern Deviled Eggs

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Other uses for Pimento Cheese:

Pimento cheese makes a great spread as well  for things like buttery crackers or a dipper for crudite like celery and carrot sticks.

It’s great on top of burgers instead  of the  usual slice of American cheese.  A dab on  top  of a fried green tomato  is just heaven.

And perfect on a toasted bagel in the  morning if  you are looking for a different breakfast idea.

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Of course, making sandwiches is a great way to enjoy pimento cheese- not  only  schmearing  on crusty bread.But it also makes a delicious filling for grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Jack O' Lantern Deviled Eggs

Prep Time15 mins
Egg cooking time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Halloween, pimento cheese
Servings: 8 pimento cheese servings
Author: Sue Lau

Ingredients

Pimento Cheese Spread: (yield 2 cups)

  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 ounce jar diced pimiento peppers drained

For Jack O' Lantern Deviled Eggs:

  • hard cooked eggs
  • green bell pepper
  • orange bell pepper
  • paprika for garnish

Instructions

To make pimento cheese:

  • Place shredded cheddar, cream cheese, mayonnaise, paprika. salt, pepper and onion powder into a food processor and mix until smooth.
  • Add diced pimientos and pulse a few times until mixed.
  • Chill before serving.
  • Makes 8 1/4-cup servings if used in sandwiches, etc.

To make deviled eggs:

  • Cut hard-cooked eggs in half and save yolks for another use (like adding to tossed salad or putting in egg salad (or chicken salad or tuna salad).
  • Fill cavities with pimento cheese.
  • Garnish with snips of green bell pepper for stems and very thin slivers of orange bell pepper for the lines.
  • Uses about one tablespoon of pimento cheese per egg half.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

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