Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebrating Independence from Chemo Day! Deviled Eggs Day

Independence Day is a little special for me this year because I finished my last chemotherapy treatment for my breast cancer this past week.  It’s a huge hurdle to have crossed.

And although I’m still feeling the after effects, although I still have more treatment to go, I’m taking a break from anything serious about it and simply celebrating!

We went to my sister-(and brother)-in-law’s for a party over the weekend and even though I was granted a reprieve from contributing anything, I decided surely I could manage deviled eggs.

But I couldn’t leave well enough alone and gussied them up with candied bacon.  A little over the top, perhaps, but I’m celebrating!

Bourbon Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs
Makes 2 dozen
For the Candied Bacon:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons bourbon, optional (oh, go ahead!)
4 thick-sliced bacon strips
For the Eggs:
12 hard-cooked large eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Dash of hot sauce

Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, the mustard, the syrup and salt. If you want, add the bourbon. We're celebrating! Coat bacon with brown sugar mixture. Place on a rack in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until crisp. Cool completely.

Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks, reserving whites. In a small bowl, mash yolks. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, syrup,  mustard, pepper and hot sauce; stir until smooth. Chop bacon finely; fold half into egg yolk mixture. Spoon  into egg whites. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Refrigerate, covered, until serving. 


  1. :) Good for you:)It must be such a relief.I love deviled eggs.

    1. I imagine there are some people who dont like deviled eggs, but I'm glad I don't know them. A little candied bacon was just the right extra for these.

  2. I LOVE deviled eggs, Rosemary! But I've go to tell you....I could just eat a plate of your candied bacon alone! Can't wait to try your recipe with the addition of bourbon! Happy to see you celebrating today and I hope you are doing well!

  3. A big hurdle, indeed! More treatment to come, but for the time being, I'm just relishing the moment. (Devilishly.)

  4. Hooray for reaching this milestone! I was wondering why I hadn't seen you in the blogosphere much, and now I know why. Prayers for a complete recovery.
    P.S. Bill loves deviled eggs and these look fantastic.

    1. Thanks, Liz. I surely have missed being around -- wondering if I had anything unique to say, but say it, I will. Deviled eggs are always a hit, aren't they? Gussied up, or not!

  5. Congrats on that milestone! And congrats on this dish, too. Love candied bacon, but never used mustard in this. But I will. And of course the bourbon. :-)

    1. Is bourbon like bacon?!? I think I'll have to consult with you, John, before I decide with what libation I want to do more celebrating!

  6. Over the top deviled eggs sounds like the perfect way to celebrate and yours are perfect. Even though you have more treatments ahead, you are one major step in the right direction.

    1. They were good, Karen. And it is good I've crossed another hurdle. I'm wondering what I'll celebrate with when it's all over? Carbonera? Lasagne? Cannoli? (I can see what direction I'm going!)

  7. What a fun way to play with deviled eggs. I'd much rather have bacon than olives!

    Congrats on finishing chemo.


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