This Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe has been sponsored by CafeMom and Nellie’s® Free Range Eggs. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Summer is almost here and the weather is warming up quickly. In less than one month, our pool will be open for kids to swim in. The pool parties, BBQs, and picnics will soon begin in full force. Summer in the south means plenty of juicy watermelon, grilled meat, and picnic side dishes. One of my all time favorite side dishes at summer picnics is deviled eggs. I absolutely LOVE them and found some amazing variations on traditional deviled egg recipes. When I came across a bacon deviled egg recipe on Pinterest last week, I knew I wanted to give it a try. Doesn’t this look delicious? When I was contacted by CafeMom to share Nellie’s® Free Range Eggs with my readers, I knew this deviled egg recipe would be a perfect fit!
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Real Food from Quality Ingredients
I firmly believe that the quality of the ingredients you use effects the quality of your final product. Ever since my children were little, we have discussed the food we eat in great detail. When they were very young, we went to the grocery store and used the produce section as a way to learn our colors and do math. As they got older, they helped me grow vegetables in the garden. They came with me to the farm when I picked up our eggs and meat. They took a very early interest in food and animals because we discussed this idea regularly.
My kids know exactly where their food comes from and how it goes from farm to table. Because of this in-depth knowledge of our food system, we are incredibly passionate about choosing sustainably and ethically sourced animal products. It’s not always easy in the suburbs of a major city. I can’t have my own chickens, nor can I grow acres worth of my own produce. I rely mainly on summer farmers markets, a few friends, a local CSA, and the natural foods section of my local grocery stores. Yes, I pay more sometimes for the food we eat but I know that it was grown as sustainably and humanely as possible. Nellie’s® Free Range Eggs are one brand that I know meets my family’s high standards for food quality!
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Choosing the Best Eggs
Labels on food can be confusing and it’s important to know what you are really buying. Are you confused about the labels on some egg cartons? Is there really a difference between ‘cage free’ and ‘free range’ eggs? YES! There really is a difference! According to Nellie’s® Free Range Eggs, 9 out of 10 egg laying chickens live in tiny cages. That is just not cool! Cage free is a big improvement over conventionally raised chickens and many brands are moving to that over the next few years. However, cage free is not the same as free range! Generally, cage free means that chickens are packed into crowded warehouses rather than cages and still never see the outdoors. Still not a great way to raise living creatures.
Free range eggs are different. At Nellie’s, all their hens are raised in a Certified Humane, free range environment. They have plenty of space to perch and socialize with easy access to the outdoors. They get real grass to peck, play with, and dust bathe in. There is access to antibiotic-free feed and fresh water at all times. I have watched our farmer’s chickens out in the yard. They love finding bugs to eat, dirt to play in and other chickens to interact with. I really believe that happy chickens make healthier eggs! I love that I can find Nellie’s® Free Range Eggs in my local Publix year round.
The Best Deviled Egg Recipe
If you are as passionate about the quality of your food as I am, you know that choosing the best eggs will go a long way towards making your deviled egg recipe really stand out. Start with humanely raised, free range eggs from Nellie’s and make sure the rest of your ingredients are just as fresh and wholesome. Naturally cured bacon, fresh jalapenos, and organic mayonnaise made this zesty jalapeno and bacon deviled egg recipe a huge hit and one I will be making regularly this summer!
Zesty Jalapeno and Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe
- 12 large Nellie's® Free Range Eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 6 pieces of bacon, cooked, and finely chopped/crumbled
- 2 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
- Paprika and chives, for garnish
- Gently slice each hard boiled egg in half. Place yolk into a medium sized bowl. Mash lightly with a fork.
- Into the bowl with the yolk, add the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, crumbled bacon, and diced jalapenos. (reserve a small amount of bacon and jalapenos to sprinkle on top of finished eggs)
- Place the filling by rounded tablespoon into each egg half
- Sprinkle reserved bacon and jalapenos on top of eggs along with a few chives and a sprinkle of paprika.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3Carbohydrates: 1g
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.