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Deviled Egg Dip

29 May

Presenting your favorite dip for summer.
Something so easy shouldn’t taste this good. 

Deviled Egg Dip

deviled egg dip

I have a theory about food…
… well, I have quite a few theories about food, but for once let me try to focus:

Theory: most foods have great versions, good versions and bad. Take a cheeseburger. There are a few incredible cheeseburgers out there (like Hilary’s Smash Burgers!) and there are terrible cheeseburgers but most cheeseburgers are just fine, thank you.

There are other foods, though, where there seems to be no in-between. It’s either amazing or crap and these foods don’t lend themselves to the average. Meatloaf, for example. When you get a tender, flavorful slice of meatloaf, it’s heaven sent. But most meatloaf is god-awful.  There’s no middle ground. Cake is another example. There are few things better than a really moist, perfect slice of cake. Yum. Most cake, though, is dry and ick and I’ve never had cake where I thought, “Yeah, fine, that’s a decent piece of cake.” Cake is awesome or it sucks. Done.

Deviled eggs fall into this latter category. There are few things I love more than a great deviled egg. Damn. I could eat a dozen in one sitting. (This is not a theory.) But I rarely eat them because 1) I won’t make deviled eggs myself as I haven’t the patience to peel hard boiled eggs without destroying them and 2) good deviled eggs are not easy to find. Even at the finest restaurants they tend to be dry, chalky and without taste. 

Imagine my thrill, then, when a close friend of mine, Jeff, who is a wonderful and creative cook, shared with me a recipe called “Egg Chive Dip.” I of course messed with it, the way I do, to move it towards deviled eggs and came up with a tweaked version of Jeff’s already stellar recipe that gives you all the wonderfulness of a deviled egg without all the hassle!

Trust me, you will be dipping into this all summer long.

Deviled Egg Dip

deviled egg dip

DEVILED EGG DIP

Doubles easily!

Ingredients

4 hard boiled eggs (I confess, I get mine cooked and peeled at Costco or Trader Joe’s…)
8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 T Duke’s Mayonnaise
1 T Dijon Mustard
1 T Wooster (Worcestershire Sauce)
1 T cider vinegar (red wine vinegar or even pickle juice will work)
1 t salt
1 t black pepper
1/2 t cayenne (or paprika)
1/3 to 1/2 cup minced chives (one full packet of chives from the store works)

Directions

In the bowl of a food processor, chop the eggs pretty fine. 

Add everything else to the food processor but the chives.

Blend the crap out of it. I like this really smooth, but you can play with your own favorite texture. If it’s too dry or thick, add a little more mayo and/or heavy cream. A splash of your vinegar component will help, too.

Taste for seasoning! What else do you need?

Remove to a bowl and stir in your chives. And then, if you’re me, add more chives!

Serve with crackers, crudite’, potato chips… or just with a spoon!

IMPORTANT: This is also wonderful with crispy bacon, chopped, added to the dip!

 

 

 

A Platter of Tomatoes

19 Sep

A perfect way to slide from summer to fall… with an additional secret recipe.

I realize the subject of tomatoes is late given some of you are probably past tomato season. Summer in Southern California, however, starts and ends late (mid-July thru sometimes mid-October) and we remain in the midst of a glorious tomato bounty.

Tomatoes are like my other favorite food, the egg: the uses and recipes for each are endless. Even so, if you’re lucky enough to be in possession of fresh, best of season tomatoes, nothing satisfies like a simple platter of tomatoes.

Platter of Tomatoes

a platter of tomatoes

I realize there are a few sad souls who don’t like tomatoes raw. One of my best friends is such a person… I’m looking at you, Tanja! (We’ve somehow managed to remain close friends.) In my house growing up, we ate tomatoes off the vine like you would a fresh apple. Just pick and bite right in. If it squirts all over your face and runs down your forearm, you know you have the perfect tomato.

Like any good southerner, l don’t serve a meal during tomato season without a platter of tomatoes. This is as ubiquitous on the dinner table in the South as salt and pepper or bread and butter. I’ve easily made over a hundred of these platters and while the prep is fast and easy, there’s an art to the prep as well, a perfect combination of seasoning and herbs to maximize your tomatoes. I’ve tried many variations and have landed on the best.

So scroll down to find out to prepare your perfect platter of tomatoes. Then keep scrolling for the other perfect use for a perfect tomato… 

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