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Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog by @hamiltonbeach

Deviled eggs are an Easter must-have, and they’ll be showing up on every potluck, brunch, shower and cookout table through Labor Day. Classic deviled eggs are a no-fail favorite, but if you’re looking to jazz up the basics this year, we have just the recipe for you.

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog by @hamiltonbeach

Pimento cheese has been on our minds lately, and we shared our favorite recipe with you Monday. We stand by what we said then: pimento cheese is good in just about everything. Deviled eggs are no exception. In the South, it’s not surprising to see this delicious spread mixed into egg yolks for a cheesy twist on the standard deviled egg.

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog by @hamiltonbeach

The most common questions we get asked about making deviled eggs are these: What is the best way to cook hard boiled eggs? and What is the best way to peel hard boiled eggs? Well, we like to save time (and our sanity) by using the Egg Cooker. It takes less time than cooking eggs on the stove and they peel easily every time. This gadget has quickly become one of my home’s favorites.

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog by @hamiltonbeach

After preparing your eggs, add the pre-made pimento cheese spread to the yolks and give it a good stir or a couple rounds with a hand mixer to make sure all the ingredients are well-combined. Pipe or spoon the filling into the egg white halves and top each deviled egg with a small slice of juicy bacon. It’s the perfect bite of savory, cheesy goodness, and it’s sure to be a hit at your next get-together.

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog by @hamiltonbeach


Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
YIELDS: 24 servings

Ingredients
12 large hard cooked eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
Cooked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Instructions
In a large bowl, stir egg yolks and 1 1/2 cups pimento cheese until blended.
Pipe yolk mixture into each egg white half. Top each egg with bacon.
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25500 egg cooker

 

The Hamilton Beach Egg Cooker makes perfect eggs every time. It has a 7 egg capacity when cooking perfect “hard boiled” eggs, and it also contains a 3-egg nonstick poaching tray. Now you don’t have to worry about peeling eggs that look and taste great every time. 



Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

This orange spread is ubiquitous in the South, but offer it to someone who’s never been below the Mason-Dixon line and you’re sure to get a little side-eye. Known as “the caviar of the South,” but resembling nothing of the sort in mere appearances, pimento cheese is a mixture of shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimento peppers and salt and pepper. Southerners swoon over the stuff and nearly faint when they find out their consummate loyalties don’t exist outside the region.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

But what is pimento cheese? How do you serve it? How do you make pimento cheese? What are its origins? And does it really taste as good as everyone says? How did cheese, mayo and these weird jarred peppers cause such a stir? There are, as it goes with pimento cheese, many answers to each of these questions and some of them are hotly debated.

Pimento cheese is most often served as a spread alongside crackers. Some people prefer chips or celery, but some of us (the good ones) will fight for buttery Ritz crackers as the optimal accompaniment. It’s no surprise to see crustless pimento cheese sandwiches served at tea time or bridal showers, and it’s equally at home slathered on top of a hotdog or hamburger for a greasy indulgence. One can easily find it mixed into grits, mashed potatoes or deviled egg filling.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

Depending on what region you visit or in whose home you dine, you can find anything from cayenne pepper to cream cheese to onions in your spread. In supermarkets, the list of potential additives is endless. In fact, there are as many possible additions as there are people to disagree, so you may want to try a few styles before declaring your favorite (if you haven’t done so already).

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

The best way to prepare pimento cheese is one thing on which most Southern chefs and cooks agree. At least so far as that homemade is better than store bought and freshly shredded is better than pre-packaged cheese shreds. Reasoning differs, but every chef I questioned about pimento cheese dutifully shreds their own cheese from large blocks of their favorite cheddar. Some still shred by hand, but most use a food processor. Freshness is key; pre-packaged shredded cheese isn’t as pliable as fresh and doesn’t mix as easily into spread. It doesn’t get as sticky, and the seasoned chefs swear they can tell the difference in blind taste tests. Pride in the prep work seems to be a popular reason, too, but you truly can tell the difference in the end product when you shred the cheese yourself.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

The origins of pimento cheese are a bit murky, but it’s actually rumored to have gotten its roots in New York in the late 1800s from the introduction of the mass manufacturing of cheese and Spanish pimento peppers. They were combined in the early 1900s in Eva Green Fuller’s Up-to-Date Sandwich Book where she suggests combining pimentos with Neufchatel and seasoning it with salt before spreading the mixture onto a sandwich. Eventually, manufacturers produced this blend themselves and marketed it as “pimento cheese,” making it available from Minnesota to Oregon to Alabama.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

Pimento cheese grew to become associated with Southern cuisine after the manufactured spread fell out of favor and disappeared from the supermarket shelves. Southern cooks decided to start recreating what originated as a manufactured food product in their home kitchens and somehow created the delicious spread we know today. It didn’t hurt that Duke’s mayonnaise was being made by C.F. Sauer’s (out of Richmond, Virginia) and farmers grew pimiento peppers in the South. And it took years, of course, for the spread to evolve into what it is now.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

But is pimento cheese as good as everyone claims it to be? Well, that’s something you’ll have to decide for yourself. Head to the market and grab yourself a block of cheese, good mayonnaise and a jar of pimentos. All it takes is a few turns of the food processor and a stir of the spoon; soon you’ll know for yourself just what all the fuss is about. They didn’t make a documentary about it for nothing.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches


Pimento Cheese
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 jar (4 oz.) chopped pimentos, drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 package (8 oz.) block Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese
4 ounce piece sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
Using shredding blade with processor running, add cheeses through the food chute until shredded.
In a large bowl, stir mayonnaise, pimentos, salt and pepper until combined.
Stir in cheeses until well blended.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
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Stack & Snap Food Processor - Hamilton Beach

Whether you are cooking for two or prepping a large family meal, the Hamilton Beach® Stack & Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor takes the guesswork out of food processing with a simple function guide that shows you which blade to use and which button to press. Designed to be uniquely simple – there’s no twisting, turning or locking required when assembling the food processor.

 

References:
“Pimento Cheese: It’s A Southern Thing”. NPR, Wright Brian, January 17, 2007.
Pimento Cheese, Please!”. Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium, Nicole Lang and Cristophile Konstas, 2011.
“From Scientific Cuisine to Southern Icon: The Real History of Pimento Cheese”. Serious Eats, Moss Robert, Sept 4, 2014.
Special thanks to Travis Milton of Comfort in Richmond, VA and all the chefs and home cooks who shared their stories for this article.



Slow Cooker Salsa con Queso - the perfect football appetizer! - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Is it just me or is the best part of eating at a Mexican restaurant the queso dip? I love salsas, tacos, fajitas and enchiladas too, but I just can’t resist that warm, gooey cheese dip before my meal. Now you can recreate this tasty appetizer, and even better, you can do it in your slow cooker! Now the perfect football food, taco night dip and party appetizer is right at your fingertips, so you can have that Mexican restaurant experience right at home.

Slow Cooker Salsa con Queso - the perfect football appetizer! - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Salsa con Queso
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
1 pound pasteurized processed cheese, cubed
2 cups salsa
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 cans (4.5 oz. each) chopped green chilies
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Tortilla chips
Instructions
Place cubed cheese, salsa, shredded cheese, chilies, chili powder and garlic powder in slow cooker crock.
Cover and cook on LOW for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Stir and continue to cook until mixture is heated through and cheese is completely melted.
Serve with tortilla chips.
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In addition to offering modern convenience, the Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker has three choices for easy, automatic cooking: program, probe and manual mode. For the cook who is busy all day but wants a home-cooked dinner at night, a slow cooker is the answer. And with this one, technology takes a big leap forward from the outdated slow cookers found in yesterday’s kitchens.

 



Smoked Gouda Bacon Mac n' Cheese from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Macaroni and cheese is almost everyone’s favorite childhood food, and we’ve made this grown up version by adding smoked gouda, bacon and spices. The crunchy bread crumbs come together in the food processor and add a nice crunch to the soft mac and cheese when you bake it in the oven. And bacon? Well, who doesn’t like bacon? This is the ultimate in rich comfort food, and it’s great for leftovers because it’s even better the next day. The recipe is also perfect for feeding a crowd – just pair it with a salad and a good beer selection and you have dinner for a dozen people.

Smoked Gouda Bacon Mac n' Cheese from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Smoked Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
1 (4 oz.) French baguette, torn
6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1/4 cup loosely packed parsley
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 package (16 oz.) corkscrew or elbow pasta
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
4 cups milk
1 package (8 oz.) extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 package (8 oz.) smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
2 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
Instructions
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Using S-blade with food processor running, drop bread, 1/2 of the bacon and parsley into food chute. Process until finely chopped. Gradually add melted butter; process until crumbs form. Set aside.
Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Melt 1/3 cup butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Gradually add flour, whisking until smooth, about 1 minute. Slowly add milk, stirring 8 to 10 minutes until mixture is thickened and smooth. Remove from heat.
Stir in cheeses, remaining bacon and Creole seasoning until cheese is melted. Fold in pasta.
Pour mixture into 11x7-inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until crumbs are browned and mixture is heated through.
Notes
If using a countertop oven, place baking dish on the bottom rack to bake.
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Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect food for watching football (and by football, we mean World Cup soccer) in front of the big screen, but don’t relegate these delicious sandwiches to just game day. They’re perfect for potlucks, cookouts and weekday lunches. We love how the spiciness of the Buffalo-style chicken is cooled off by the blue cheese slaw, and we think you’ll love them, too.

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Best of all, these sliders come together easily after you make the chicken in the slow cooker and the slaw in the food processor. The chicken is a set-and-forget slow cooker recipe, perfect for summer days that call for fun in the sun rather than hours inside at the hot stove. It keeps well in the fridge, so plan on enjoying leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach


Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Slaw
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
3/4 cup hot sauce
3 Tablespoons butter, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Slider buns, split
Blue Cheese Coleslaw
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons hot sauce
Instructions
Combine 3/4 cup hot sauce, butter, salt and pepper in slow cooker crock.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 10 minutes or until butter is melted; stir until blended.
Add chicken breasts, turning to coat with hot sauce mixture.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or LOW for 3 to 4 hours or until chicken is fork tender.
Remove chicken from crock; reserve 1 1/2 cups liquid. Shred chicken and return to crock with reserved liquid.
Stir mayonnaise and 4 teaspoons hot sauce until well blended.
Spread mayonnaise mixture on bottom of buns, top with chicken mixture and Blue Cheese Coleslaw.
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Intellitime Slow Cooker from @hamiltonbeach

 

If your Buffalo chicken recipe calls for 4 hours on low, but you’ll be out of the house for 8 hours, the IntelliTime™ 6 Quart Slow Cooker will adjust accordingly. This way, your food will be perfectly cooked when you want to eat rather than when the recipe says.

Blue Cheese Slaw - goes great with Buffalo chicken! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach


Blue Cheese Coleslaw
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small head green or red cabbage, shredded (about 5 cups)
1 container (8 oz.) crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
Stir mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, celery seeds and pepper in a large bowl until well blended.
Add cabbage and blue cheese, stirring until cabbage is coated.
Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
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