This recipe for deviled eggs goes way beyond the expected potluck snack. Nope, our spicy version combines the flavor and zip of pimento cheese with the classic Southern deviled egg: After you hard-boil and halve your eggs, you’ll mash the yolks with jarred pimentos, grated sharp cheddar, mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of salt, before spooning the mixture back into your egg whites and dusting the top with a bit more cayenne. Fair warning: Take these Spicy Deviled Eggs to a party, and they’ll be gone in minutes. And don’t be surprised if you’re asked to bring them again and again.


Credit: Philip Friedman; Styling by Colleen Riley

Recipe Summary

10 mins
22 mins
Serves 8


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place the eggs in a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover them by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 12 minutes. Drain the eggs and run under cold water to cool.

  • Peel the eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Transfer the yolks to a small bowl and mash with the pimentos, cheddar, mayonnaise, lemon juice, cayenne, and ½ teaspoon salt.

  • Spoon the yolk mixture into the egg whites, sprinkle with additional cayenne.