Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Pesto Parmesan & Bacon Deviled Eggs

By Stacie Morgan, June 23, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

Deviled eggs are a classic party appetizer or snack. It’s also a friendly dish in terms of reducing your energy usage, specifically when you use our boiling method.

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There are many delicious deviled egg recipes out there, and while I do love traditional preparations, today’s pesto-inspired concoction provides a fun new flavor!

While you certainly can take the time to crisp up bacon on the stove or in the oven, I recommend purchasing the real 100% bacon pieces usually found on the salad topping aisle. I love using this product for the time, convenience, and energy savings, and I have featured it in many recipes throughout this series.

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The pairing of basil and lemon adds a much-needed brightness to what could be a heavy deviled egg, especially with the bacon and parmesan cheese. And if you want your diners to move from simply “liking” a deviled egg recipe to loving, we recommend adding some sort of acid to complement the creamy elements in the eggs. The lemon juice mixed into the egg filling helps, as does the finishiong drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Try to use a longer-aged vinegar as it will be a little sweeter and thicker for your garnishing needs.

If you’re preparing these eggs in advance of your event, don’t add the bacon, vinegar drizzle, or sprinkle of cheese just yet. These elements increase the flavor and presentation, but only if you wait until it’s actually serving time.

And to really cook with less kilowatts, follow the directions below for an easy low-energy-use technique that hard-boils your eggs without overcooking them.

Pesto Parmesan Bacon Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

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  • 12 Eggs
  • ¼ c. Mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Basil bunch
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Cracked black peppercorns
  • 1/8 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp. Pine nuts
  • ½ c. Grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ c. Real bacon bits or crumbled pieces
  • Balsamic vinegar drizzle for garnish
  • Extra Parmesan to sprinkle for garnish

Hard-Boiling Directions:

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1) Add the eggs to a saucepan. Make sure the pan is big enough that the eggs are not “stacked” on top of each other. Fill the saucepan to where the eggs the eggs are covered by an inch of water.

2) Heat the water on biggest stove top burner on high until boiling.

3) Rapidly boil the eggs for 2 minutes. After this, cover the eggs, turn the heat off, and let the eggs finish cooking without using energy for 13 minutes.

4) Drain the water and rinse the eggs under cold running water from the sink.

Deviled Eggs Directions:

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1) Peel and dry the eggs, and then cut them into halves. Remove the yellow yolks and add them to a bowl.

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2) In a food processor, add the mayonnaise, olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, lemon juice, basil, pine nuts, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Process 30-40 seconds until combined.

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3) Add the creamy pesto from the food processor to the egg yolks and mash together with a fork until relatively smooth.

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4) Spoon the mixture into the egg white halves.

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5) Top each deviled egg with a sprinkling of bacon pieces, a drizzle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle of extra parmesan cheese.

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It’s a simple summertime equation: Pesto + Parmesan + Pork = Party!

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

 

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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