Broomfield, Colo. – Celebrate World Egg Day on October 11 with Colorado eggs. There are more than 4.5 million laying hens in Colorado, producing 1.4 billion eggs every year. Eggs are a source of high-quality protein and contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals, all for 70 calories per large egg. Look for Colorado eggs at your local grocery store or at restaurants across the state.
Each month the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown in the state. The following recipe is provided by Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., of 5280 Culinary, LLC:
Smoked Deviled Eggs
1 dozen extra large eggs, hard-boiled
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon BBQ spice blend
1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon green chile, roasted and minced
Hard-boil and peel eggs then chill. Preheat smoker to “smoke.” Place the chilled whole hard-boiled eggs onto the top shelf of the smoker. Close the lid and smoke for 30-45 minutes depending on desired smoke level. Once the eggs are smoked, place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. It is normal for the eggs to have a yellow color after being smoked. Once fully chilled, remove eggs and gently slice in half lengthwise. Pop out the yolks into a smaller bowl and arrange the egg white halves onto a plate. Cover and chill the whites until time to fill. For the egg yolk filling, use a fork to mash the yolks then add the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, spice blend, BBQ sauce and green chile. Mix well then place into a large sealed bag and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. Trim the tip of the bag then slowly fill the egg white halves.
Enjoy with a glass of Colorado wine such as NSFW White Blend from Carlson Vineyards in Palisade, Colorado. This wine is part of the 2019 Colorado Governor’s Cup Collection, which includes wines that best represent Colorado’s wine industry as selected by a panel of national and Colorado wine professionals.
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