Seems to me that Deviled Eggs make party appearances at least 75% of the time. Well now they're bringing friends, Candied Bacon and Jalapeño, I say...any friend of theirs is a friend of mine! Now, despite being the author of this post, I certainly can't take credit for the recipe. This was 100% my wife's doing. I've always thought her deviled eggs were the best but when she presented a Jalapeño Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon recipe, I said Uh YEAH!
What is the origin of Deviled Eggs?
As Americans we may think deviled eggs originated here, however, like the vast majority of our cuisine, they did not.
These tasty little morsels date all the way back to ancient Rome. While they seemingly disappeared they re-entered the culinary world as a recipe in a cookbook. This cookbook was published in the 1200's in what is today's modern day Spain.
It wasn't actually until the mid-1800's when American cookbooks would begin featuring deviled eggs as we know them today. Although being featured in said books, they didn't actually gain popularity until after WWII, almost a century later than their first appearance in the states.
How did Deviled Eggs get their name?
The term "Deviled" comes from the British and began being used in 1786. It was a term used for anything made spicy, boiled, or fried. Americans then began using the same term for making something spicy in the 1800's and the name stuck, despite most "Deviled" Eggs not actually being spicy in todays world, until now! These Jalapeño Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon do have a little kick to them and is nicely met by the sweetness from the bacon.
Many churches prefer not to use the name at all for obvious reasons and replace it with stuffed, dressed, or salad eggs.
Recipe for Candied Bacon
Bacon is amazing, as is candy. Soooo...Yeah, why the hell not, right?!
This recipe for candied bacon is super easy.
Start by preheating your oven on convection bake at 380°f. Convection circulates the air around the oven giving a nice even cook, same functionality as an air fryer.
Next, spray or brush cooking oil on a broiler pan and lay out 4 strips of thick cut bacon. My favorite bacon is Wright Brand because It's cut really thick, perfectly smoked, and has less fat than other brands.
Now, brush each strip of bacon with maple syrup and sprinkle with dark brown sugar.
Pop the pan in the oven for about 9 minutes or until the bacon starts to crisp up.
Remove the pan and using mini tongs, flip the bacon over, repeat the maple syrup and dark brown sugar on this side of the bacon strips.
Lastly, place the pan back in the oven and continue baking for another 6-7 minutes or until the edges begin to look caramelized.
How to make Jalapeño Deviled Eggs
Making Jalapeño Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon is super quick and easy! In fact, it's no different than any other Deviled egg recipe in its process. Just one different but very important ingredient, pickled jalapeños.
Start by boiling the eggs.
Place the eggs in a large pot, fill it with cold water, and bring it to a boil. Once the water has began to boil cover and remove from the heat.
Allow the eggs to sit for 12 minutes then drain the hot water and transfer the eggs to a separate dish with ice cold water.
Let the eggs rest and cool in the ice bath for 10 minutes.
Next, peel the eggs, cut them in half, and with a small spoon scoop out the yolks adding them to a large mixing bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix it all up using a regular fork or whisk.
Last, transfer the mixture to a piping tool or a plastic bag with the corner removed and pipe the mixture into each egg half.
Garnish the tops with a sprinkle of paprika, sliced green onion, and a piece of candied bacon.
BOOM! There you have it...Jalapeño Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon!
Even if your family has been using the same recipe since the 1940's like most, maybe it's time to add your own spin! This is a great way to take a worldwide classic, bring the heat back, and give it a little sweet kiss.
If you're looking for other foods to pair Candied Bacon Jalapeño Deviled eggs with I highly recommend taking a look at this recipe for pulled pork! Nothing screams summer cookout like some deviled eggs and pulled pork sandwiches!
Let me know in the comments if you make this and any adjustments or added ingredients that you think worked better. Would love to hear how you and your family like your deviled eggs!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this recipe and as usual...
Candied Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs
- 4 Strips Thick Cut Bacon
- Dark Brown Sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Cayenne Pepper
- 6 Eggs
- 4 tablespoon Mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
- ¼ tablespoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
- ⅛ Cup Chopped Pickled Jalapeños
- 1 tablespoon Pickled Jalapeño Juice, from jar
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Paprika for garnish
- Sliced Green Onion for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 380°f on Convection Bake.
- Lay bacon strips on an oiled broiler pan.
- Brush the top of each strip with maple syrup
- Sprinkle with dark brown sugar.
- Bake for about 9 minutes or until bacon is beginning to crisp up.
- Remove pan and flip bacon.
- Brush this side with maple syrup then sprinkle dark brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
- Bake for an additional 6-7 minutes or until edges begin to darken and bacon is caramelized.
- Cool the bacon strips on a cooling rack and and dice once completely cooled.
Jalapeño Deviled Eggs
- Place eggs in a pot with cold water and bring to a boil.
- Turn off the heat and allow the eggs to sit for 12 minutes.
- Drain hot water and transfer the eggs to ice cold water allowing them to rest for 10 minutes.
- Peel the eggs and slice them in half.
- In a large mixing bowl stir together egg yolks and remaining ingredients.
- Using a plastic bag or piping tool, pipe the filling back into the eggs.
- Garnish the eggs with sliced green onion and paprika.
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