Deviled Eggs have to be by far my favorite appetizers to make. If you are wondering I put mustard, lots of mustard in them. However, once in awhile I get a hankering to try something different.
I had a friend when we lived in Germany who also attended the same school as I did that made an avocado deviled egg which got me thinking what other types could I create? Now the thing with deviled eggs that you must remember the shell has to be able to hold whatever you put in it within reason. It is typically a one bite appetizer at most two. And personally it should have a unique or defined flavor. If you are like me themed foods are fun. Now think of food items you usually have in front of a sports game or eat at a sport bar and you get the typical chicken wings with some sort of sauce.
Not your ordinary Deviled Egg…
I do not out of the norm eat spicy foods but occasionally I feel the want for buffalo wings which really is mild in comparison to other used sauces on wings. But to me they are the spiciest thing I will try. And they still give my tongue a burn and a need to drink something extra cold with them.
I made these a few years back but I used a food processor to process the chicken into a pulp.
What you will need is
1/2 breast of cooked chicken (boiled, roasted whatever your preference)
1 dozen eggs, halved, de-yolked
1 dozen yolks mushed
1-2 stalks of celery minced
Mayo/Greek Yogurt varies on preference 3tbsp
Buffalo Sauce 1-2tbsp
Blue Cheese 3tbsp and remaining for garnish
For my photos I actually ate some of my boiled eggs before hand so I ended up with about 7 eggs instead of a dozen so the mixture was less egg at. Plus I went a little overboard and put a whole breast. I chopped the meat up into very small chunks but this can easily be thrown into a processor with the egg yolk and add the liquid until it resembles the consistency you want. Now if you are going to process add in the celery after you are done processing so you can get the little feel of celery in each bite. Also this is when you add blue cheese because you might also want that little surprise in every bite.
Once you are done mixing and tasting. Please taste and adjust as you need you may even want salt and pepper or more sauce.
Fill each egg. You probably will have a bit of extra filling. See photo of excess can be used with celery sticks or crackers and be eaten also as a side but moreso a dip.
Top with some blue cheese and buffalo sauce for added flair.
Substitutions: Greek yogurt for mayonnaise.
Cauliflower, minced instead of chicken.
If you don’t have the time or kitchen to do all the prep like boiling. They sell boiled eggs in the refrigerated section in the grocery store along with rotisserie chickens. You could easily take the ingredients to work and make them quickly.
And if you are looking for a different type of serving versus using the egg shell serve this on celery similar to Ants on a Log, but more grown up style. Instead of using the shells chop them lightly and add to chicken mixture and top celery pieces with it.
My mom mentioned this being a great idea for those dieting and looking for less carbs as it is mostly a protein with minimal fats.
Spice up your gathering today and make a fun little dinner addition.
The ladies at the Sunday Social might gasp at the sight, but who knows you might surprise them.
Just sending warm wishes to all my readers and passerbys.
My husband and I personally don’t celebrate Valentines. Aside from my oldest doing a Valentines exchange at school, there is no celebration.
I will be on my second day of dipping Strawberries at work for the masses to buy their sweethearts or eat with a glass of champagne on their own.
I would honestly recommend purchasing your own fondue pot and melting chocolate yourself. Or you can use a bowl and microwave your chocolate (but you would need to eat/use it pretty quickly)
If you are single this could be something fun to do with friends. If you want to impress a sweetheart, it can be a fun and a sexy activity rolled into one. And you can dip more than Strawberries. Small cake bites, other fruits like bananas, oranges, grapes, melon, kiwi, marshmallows, pretzels, chips. You name it it can usually be dipped and taste pretty decent. Forget all the fancy dinner reservations and stay home for dessert.
Rather than spend a whole lot of money for half a dozen to 1 dozen strawberries already dipped try DIY.
Again, Happy Valentines Day!
If you’d like some light reading about the holiday check out these interesting facts and their source websites:
According to History.com: Valentines Day may have originally been called Lupercalia a pagan celebration History of Valentines Day
Tapioca is derived from the Cassava root. A root vegetable.
If you are unfamiliar with this special starch or flour you better get on the information train.
One of the biggest benefits for my readers is that it is a Gluten-Free option that many are looking for to substitute for it’s glutenous counterparts. Whether you are looking for a substitute due to medical reasons or are looking for an option that promotes anti-inflammatory and digestive properties you can try this flour out for yourself (Siete).
Used for baking, and a thickener in recipes it is a great option. Unless you are familiar with the gluten free lifestyle you might not realize what a true gem this is.
According to Nyerhovwo John Tonukari the Editor of African Journal of Biotechnology Tapioca is an option that is used just like corn, rice, or wheat, that it can also provide a large portion of daily calories (2004).
There are a few items that are already on the mass market that are made with Tapioca Flour: Tapioca Pudding and Bubble Tea among other things.
I actually have a woman who comes in regularly and buys me out of my Yucca Root (Cassava). She makes a Yucca Cake, uses them in place of potatoes in stews and soups. I’ve also been told about Empenadas using the Yucca as a filling. So Besides the actual flour incorporating Yucca as a vegetable may be something to consider.
Now to my point…
I noticed how often my recipe for Tapioca Brownies was viewed and by far my most looked at recipe. In the coming weeks I will be showcasing a few recipes that use Tapioca Flour.
I will be trying several recipes out
The Brazilian Cheese Roll called Pao de Queijo (these I have actually tried, which were made by a native of Brazilian who had a gluten-free baking business) I will attempt to make them myself.
Crespelles (Italian Crepes) with a ricotta and spinach filling
Chocolate Brownie Cookies
I am looking to amp up this blog with a myriad of options.
If you are looking to purchase Tapioca Flour/Starch I would recommend any Asian Grocery in order not to spend your whole budget on items that you may really need to eat the lifestyle you prefer or require.
Okay, So it’s been awhile. Life happened. Which I don’t apologize for. From the last posts I have made, I have moved from overseas back to the states, had a
second child, finished my Bachelors Degree from home in Culinary Managment, and again preparing for another move this time to America’s Last Frontier/Wild North West(Alaska).
I’d like to thank the many people who visit the site and check out my recipes. I am also rebooting my blog which may or may not be a daily or weekly thing. But I want to ask YOU what kind of content do you want to see on my blog. How to’s, more recipes, maybe even videos, Recipe requests?
I collect cookbooks, I also use a fair amount of Yummly to search out new ideas/old ideas. I work a lot with Venison so I have a lot of recipe ideas for that.
I also work in a produce department which has afforded me more knowledge on produce in general, and I also get to prepare salads and platters.
So again what do you want from me?
Please leave detailed information if you have any comments, suggestions and otherwise. I will respond back to you as soon as I can.