This easy deviled eggs recipe puts a flavorful spin on the classic recipe by adding pimentos and cheddar cheese. These Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs are definitely the best deviled eggs I’ve ever eaten!
The Best Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a longtime favorite in my family. We love making them as simple, yet elegant party appetizers or even as after-school snacks! My mom has a great deviled eggs recipe where she hollows the eggs out instead of cutting them in half, then tops each one with a delicate parmesan crisp. But today we’re going old school by splitting our hard-boiled eggs in half and then stuffing them with a creamy deviled egg filling.
This particular filling has a mild kick thanks to the addition of pimento peppers! So this is a classic deviled eggs recipe, with a twist. (But don’t worry, pimentos aren’t hot or too spicy!)
What Are Deviled Eggs?
Traditionally, deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs that have been split in half, hollowed out, and then filled with a mixture of mashed egg yolks combined with other ingredients like mayonnaise, mustard, and spices. Deviled eggs are also called stuffed eggs, Russian eggs, and dressed eggs. They’re usually served as a cold appetizer and have been around since the days of ancient Rome!
What You’ll Need
Despite their reputation as an elegant and fancy appetizer, you only need a few simple ingredients to make these! Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.
- Hard-boiled eggs – Peeled and cut in half. I like to make hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, but you can also make great air fryer hard boiled eggs!
- Cheddar cheese – You can use your favorite blend of shredded cheddar cheese.
- Yellow mustard
- Worcestershire sauce – A kind of fermented liquid condiment from Worcester in Worchestershire, England. It adds a lot of flavor!
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Pimentos – For the filling and also to top the eggs.
- Smoked paprika – To sprinkle on top of the eggs.
- Green onions – Thinly sliced and sprinkled on top.
What Are Pimentos?
Pimentos are sweet peppers with just a touch of heat. They are also known as cherry peppers because they are small, round, and heart-shaped similar to cherries. You can usually find them sold in jars on the shelves of your local grocery store. (I often find them in the pickle aisle.)
How to Make Deviled Eggs
Ok, let’s make some stuffed eggs shall we? It’s super easy! Here’s how to do it:
- Hard boil some eggs. I like to use my instant pot to do this because it just makes life easier, but you can use your preferred method of hard cooking eggs.
- Split the eggs in half. Just cut them down the center with a knife and remove the yolks. Put all the yolks in a bowl.
- Make the filling. Place the yolks in a bowl and mash with a fork. Stir in the mayonnaise, cheese, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, pepper, and pimentos (save a few for topping the eggs).
- Stuff the eggs. Spoon the filling into the eggs and sprinkle with paprika.
- Garnish. Add a few slices of green onion and pimentos to the tops of the eggs before serving.
That’s it! Simple right? Now you can impress friends and family at your next gathering with this classic appetizer.
Tips and Variation Ideas
Although this recipe is fairly straightforward, it never hurts to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. Here are my favorite ideas:
- Want a thicker filling? If you like your filling a little thicker, you can use less mayonnaise.
- Flavor variations. In addition to the garnishes I suggested here, you can also top your deviled eggs with crispy pieces of cooked and crumbled bacon. A few dollops of sriracha or Cholula hot sauce can also be super tasty!
- Not a paprika fan? I love a bit of smoked paprika sprinkled on top, but if you’re not a fan you can also use regular paprika, curry powder, cayenne powder, or even a Cajun spice mix.
- Make them in advance. If you are making these for a party and want to simplify your day-of prep, you can hard boil the eggs and make the deviled egg filling up to one day in advance. Store the egg whites and the filling separately, then assemble the deviled eggs the day of your get-together.
How to Serve Them
Deviled eggs are served cold, either right after you have made them or after they have been chilled in the fridge for an hour or so. They show up at many different events, from picnics, bbq cookouts, to bridal showers! They are the perfect side dish or appetizer for just about any event! Here are some of my other favorite dishes to serve with them:
- Air Fryer Ham
- Green Bean Casserole
- Cheesy Potato Casserole
- Creamy Ham Casserole
- Candied Sweet Potatoes With Pecans
- Best Jiffy Corn Casserole
- Crockpot Ham
- Sautéed Green Beans With Bacon
Can I Save Extras for Later?
Deviled eggs are best eaten the day they are made, but you can store extras for up to 2 days in the fridge. Store them in an airtight container in a single layer, then simply take them out and eat them on demand! Sometimes I’ll even mash up extra deviled eggs and turn them into a super quick, extra tasty egg salad sandwich.
- 12 large eggs, hard boiled, peeled and cut in half
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (4 ounce) jar chopped pimentos, drained
- Smoked paprika, for topping
- Green onions, thinly sliced, optional
1. Place the yolks in a bowl and mash with a fork.
2. Stir in the mayonnaise, cheese, mustard, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, pepper, and pimentos (save a few for the tops).
3. Spoon the filling into the eggs and sprinkle with paprika.
4. Add a few slices of green onion and pimentos to the tops of the eggs before serving.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g
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