Southerners won’t be surprised

By Rebecca Angel Baer
April 13, 2019
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Whether your Easter menu centers around a perfectly spiraled ham or a roasted leg of lamb, chances are one side dish would show up regardless. According to a new survey commissioned by McCormick, nearly 61 percent of Americans will either serve or enjoy deviled eggs as a side dish this Easter. It doesn’t really come as a surprise to us that this Southern staple is a favorite choice from coast to coast. Really, is the excuse of a holiday even necessary to enjoy the delicious, tangy bite of a devilled egg?

In a statement, McCormick stated that, “while 45 percent of consumers will enjoy the classic recipe, with mustard and paprika as go-to flavors, many are “eggs-perimenting” with different ingredients.” They found that 46 percent of those surveyed chose to bring bacon into the mix while other ingredient add-ins included avocado, pickles, and crab meat.

“We know that deviled eggs are an Easter favorite, and wanted to inspire everyone to try something new. They had flavors in mind, so we challenged regional chefs to develop recipes that would help Americans get their ideas to the table,” said Kevan Vetter, McCormick Executive Chef.

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McCormick called on some culinary superstars to share amped up deviled eggs ideas and one happens to be a very familiar face to Southern foodies—chef Hugh Acheson of Atlanta. His Southern-inspired recipe brings pimento cheese into the creamy filling. We can’t say no to that!

However, you whip up your party eggs, we agree with most of America, devilled eggs are a must for Easter. But we have to wonder, with Passover falling on the same weekend as Easter this year, the percentage of Americans consuming a devilled egg on Easter Sunday will surely be greater. Is there a better use for leftover hard-boiled eggs from your Passover Seder than devilling it with that Kosher for Passover mayonnaise?

You can find chef Acheson’s recipe here. For more inspiration for your Easter celebration, check this out.