Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

This fan favorite side dish has been a big hit for years! A combination of deviled eggs and a classic pasta salad come together for the best Summer side dish ever.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council.

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

Warmer weather is finally here! And with that means all the fun side dishes that accompany those saucy grilled barbecue main courses. I mean, you can't have burgers, chops and ribs without a cold salad right next to it, right?

This Deviled Egg Pasta Salad has been around for awhile and my family quite literally geeks out when I make it. When the Iowa Egg Council and I started brainstorming dishes to showcase to kick off the Summer season my mind immediately went to THIS PASTA SALAD.

Why? Because it combines two of my favorites - eggs and pasta!

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

Deviled eggs are a staple around here in the Summer - a great combination of creamy egg yolks, mayo, mustard, dill pickle juice {my secret} and seasonings.

Pasta salads are also a big time staple around these parts - al dente pasta combined with a creamy and tangy sauce and often chopped vegetables.

SO WHY NOT COMBINE THE TWO.

That was my exact thought. And guess what? That is what I promptly did and it worked fabulously. You get both of your favorites in one bite!

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

If you've been around my blog for any amount of time you know our family LOVES EGGS. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks - we eat them often. The Iowa Egg Council and I have created so many recipes together over the years. Here are some of the popular ones!


We also eat eggs quite often as they are economical & quick - with three kids who are always hungry they can be a lifesaver. And Moms if you have young kids they are a great food for a baby's healthy brain development. The newly released 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include recommendations for birth to 24 months old as eggs to be an important first food for toddlers. They also have one of the most concentrated sources of choline, a nutrient that has now been recognized as important for brain health.

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

I myself live in an egg producing state - Iowa being ranked No. 1 in the country. Who knew? Yep, we've got lots of corn and cows and pigs, but golly we also have a lot of eggs!

So naturally I end up putting them in all the things.

I cannot wait for you all to try this Deviled Egg Pasta Salad! It checks off all marks on Spring and Summer deliciousness. Cold, creamy, tangy and full of flavor. I made it again last week and served it will grilled brats, hot dogs and baked beans. Everyone scarfed it down and asked for seconds.

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

Eggs are also naturally nutrient dense - basically a multivitamin in a shell! They have eight essential nutrients, with just one egg containing 6 grams of high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids for just 70 calories.

Pretty much the perfect protein.

Let's face it - even if your kiddos pass on the brats or the hot dogs or even the baked beans, they'll still fill up on this salad.

Feel free to top with sliced green onions or even more chopped pickles {yes, there are dill pickles in this salad!} to make it look pretty and jazz it up. Trust me if you take this side dish to a gathering people will gobble it up. Make sure you bring along printed off copies of the recipe. They will ask for it!
Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

This Summer plan on making this yummy side dish over and over! And when people ask tell them it's a lovely combo "of deviled eggs and pasta salad". That alone will make them want to try it. 

Be sure to tag both me {@sweetsavoryeats} and the Iowa Egg Council {@iowaegg} when you give them one a try. We both would love to see your photos.

Thank you to the Iowa Egg Council for sponsoring this post.

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad
Yield: 12
Author: Ally
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min
The pasta salad of the Summer! It combines our love of deviled eggs and a creamy pasta - they married and became one!

Ingredients

  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups mayo
  • 2 T yellow mustard
  • 1 t white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dill pickles, finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 T dried minced onion flakes
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large pot cook the elbow macaroni in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In another pot add the eggs and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil and cook for 13-15 minutes. Drop the eggs in an ice bath to stop the cooking. When cool, peel and chop the eggs into small pieces.
  3. In a large serving bowl combine the mayo, mustard, vinegar, pickles and juice and seasonings.
  4. Add in the cooked pasta and chopped eggs and toss all to combine.
  5. Sprinkle with additional paprika or green onions if desired.
  6. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving or overnight.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

478.47

Fat (grams)

44.31

Sat. Fat (grams)

7.34

Carbs (grams)

13.40

Fiber (grams)

0.99

Net carbs

12.41

Sugar (grams)

1.43

Protein (grams)

6.06

Sodium (milligrams)

723.14

Cholesterol (grams)

116.35
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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Grab your slow cooker and make the most delicious barbecue pork sandwiches!
Just a few simple ingredients make these tangy, sweet and mouthwatering.

Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This is recipe currently sits at #4 in my all-time most popular recipes. I first introduced them in 2010, which if you're good at math - was well over 10 years ago!

Hmm....I wonder how many times I've served them to my family? Possibly a hundred times since then? Regardless, a LOT. You know why? Because they are good!

This recipe has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and pinned well over 400K times. People love it! Most I believe because of it's simplicity. Busy Moms, this one is for you.

Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches

About once a year, possibly a bit less, we purchase half of a hog and fill our freezer. We get a combo of bacon, ground pork, sausage, pork chops and roasts. It's the most economical way to purchase meat. Plus, we buy from a local farmer and use a local butcher to do all the hard work for us.

Guess what?

I often use those pork roasts for these sandwiches - because they make the BEST pulled pork sandwiches. Roasts are meant to be cooked low and slow so they shred easily and just make the most tender sandwich.

Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Working Mamas, pay attention to this recipe. It requires very little work and feeds a crowd {often making enough for two meals - the leftovers are just as delicious}. It can cook slow all day long while at work and even keeps wonderfully on warm for a few hours once it's cooked. 

Keep it on warm until ready to serve!

You will really only need three extra ingredients - a tasty barbecue seasoning or rub {we love John Henry's Pecan Rub}, some dark cola {Pepsi, Coke, even Dr. Pepper works fine} and your favorite barbecue sauce {we love Cookies barbecue sauce}.

Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches

So why am I re-sharing this recipe you ask? 

Because as a food blogger, sometimes it is good for us to reintroduce those classic recipes back into our newer audience. Many of those that first saw them in 2010 are long gone and many of my new fans who surfaced in the past few years have never heard of them.

Get it?

Also, the photos HEAVILY NEEDED TO BE RETAKEN.

They were awful.

Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I cannot wait for you to try these!

Think of sitting in the South, outside with a drink in hand, at a picnic table with paper napkins and this sandwich is in front of you.

IT'S THE BEST.

Introduce your family to these and I promise they will become a part of your meal rotation.

Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Yield: 10 servings
Author: Ally
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 8 Hourinactive time: 7 H & 30 MTotal time: 16 Hour
Grab your slow cooker and make some of the best pulled pork around! Just a few ingredients to a saucy barbecue sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 3 lb pork roast
  • 1 cup dark cola
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup barbecue rub (use your favorite - I use John Henry's Pecan Rub)

Instructions

  1. Preheat a large skillet with cooking spray to medium-high heat.
  2. Generously coat the pork roast with the barbecue rub. Place in the hot skillet and sear on all sides - just enough to give it a bit of color.
  3. Place the roast into the slow cooker. Combine the cola and barbecue sauce and pour it over the roast.
  4. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or until the pork shreds apart easily.
  5. Before serving drain off some of the liquid in the slow cooker and add additional barbecue sauce if you'd like the pork more saucy.
  6. Serve warm on buns, topped with dill pickles and a side of coleslaw.

Notes:

Feel free to use any barbecue rub of your choice, as well as your favorite barbecue sauce. Once this pork is finished it can stay on warm for several hours in the slow cooker until ready to serve.

Calories

466.71

Fat (grams)

29.62

Sat. Fat (grams)

10.80

Carbs (grams)

15.23

Fiber (grams)

0.33

Net carbs

14.90

Sugar (grams)

12.78

Protein (grams)

32.73

Sodium (milligrams)

424.86

Cholesterol (grams)

124.65
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Today starts a 3-month series on grocery store favorites!
ALDI has long been a mainstay for our family and today I'm sharing my latest loves.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

If you've been around for even just a minute, let along the 11+ years I've been food blogging, then you know without a doubt my love for ALDI.

In fact, in 2015, ALDI noticed and sent me on an all expenses paid trip to their Chicago headquarters for 2 days of fun and behind the scenes action. You can read about that trip HERE. It met friends there that I still keep in touch with today. Such a fun experience!

Ever since our kids were just babies, I've been shopping at ALDI. Back then due to saving money on our grocery bill {that's still the case at times}, but now it's often because I just love their products! This month three Iowa bloggers and I are partnering together to share our ALDI favorites - and stay tuned as next month is Costco and in June it's Trader Joe's!

Be sure to check out my friends who are doing the same:
Hilary at H.Prall & Co

I recently did a big grocery haul at ALDI and snapped some photos of my favorites that are a MUST at our house currently. A worker asked if I was videotaping for something {I lied and said I was shopping for a friend and she needed to see some things....}. 

Sometimes being a food blogger can be embarrassing. So let's get started! Here are my current {as of Spring 2021} ALDI favorites.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Butter
ALDI has the best price on butter. I stock up on this stuff during the holidays when baking is on overdrive. I always buy unsalted butter {that way I can control the salt in the dish} and ALDI's brand has never steered me wrong.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Specialty Chocolates
Since ALDI started in Germany, their European chocolates are delicious. I snag a container of their fun chocolates each time I'm there {in this case their Dark Chocolate Coconut Almonds}. I keep them on hand to gift to friends - often my neighbor who helps transport my kids to school. They are a great sweet treat!

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Corn Tortillas
We eat a TON of corn tortillas - especially my husband. Whether in breakfast tacos or our weekly Mexican night. Their authentic taste is so good! They are also good cut into triangles, sprayed with cooking spray and cooked in the air fryer for some quick tortilla chips.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Minced Garlic
In my opinion you can never have too much garlic, but peeling and chopping it is a PAIN. I love their squeeze bottles of minced garlic. It makes it so easy when needing garlic for a dish. It stays in the fridge fresh until the next use.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Barbecue Sauce
ALDI's Burnman's brand always has the most delicious varieties of barbecue sauce! Texas, Memphis, Kansas City and Carolina sauces were this months specialties. My kids love anything barbecue, so I'm always grabbing a bottle to make sure we have enough on hand.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Aged White Cheddar Cheese
My favorite hard cheese! This aged white cheddar has never steered me wrong. I always have a block in our fridge. Lately I've been slicing it up to bring along to long days at the ballpark with a variety of crackers and fruit. It's super sharp and tangy, yet a bit creamy too.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Protein Pancake & Waffle Mix
Now, I often make my own homemade mix, but on crazy days I like having this mix around that not only tastes good, but is amped up with extra fiber and protein. It also has a recipe on the box for yummy muffins! My kids love those - I'll often add some mini chocolate chips to the batter to jazz them up.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Mini Avocados
Who knew, right? I always buy these because sometimes I feel I waste the bigger avocados. They are smaller and great for avocado toast with a fried egg on top {one of my daughter's favorites}. Also great for a small batch of guacamole!

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Pork Sausage
I love grabbing these packages of ground pork sausage and having it on hand in the freezer. We'll eat it in my Amish Breakfast Casserole, in spaghetti or my super popular Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Bake. They have mild and spicy varieties, so depending on your mood - either is great!

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Chicken, Beef or Veggie Broth
Not all of us are Laura Ingalls and have time to make our own homemade broth, so I always recommend ALDI's organic versions that taste fresh off the farm. In the winter I'm often buying a few cartons of these for my Chicken Noodle Chowder or my Cheese Tortellini Minestrone Soup. It's also good to have on hand when cooking roasts in the slow cooker.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Mexican Street Corn Dip
Have you had this dip yet? It's great with a Frito chip to eat as dip and even better slathered on a grilled burger. Creamy, slightly spicy and full of juicy corn. When I don't have time to make my Jalapeno Corn Frito Salad, it's a good stand by.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Almond Milk Coffee Creamer
Now, I buy and drink all kinds of dairy - I just happen to love this almond milk version! It comes in a Sweet Cream and Caramel and both are delicious. Each morning of mine starts with hot coffee and I'm not adult enough to drink it black. I always need a bit of creamer!

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Whole Coffee Beans
What's coffee creamer without coffee? I first had this version at a friend's house. Now, I subscribe to a coffee service {this one...it's amazing}, but I always like to have a back up in my cupboard in case I run out. I buy my coffee in whole bean, but it comes already ground as well.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Mama Cozzi's Fresh Pizzas
What family doesn't love pizza? I love ALDI's fresh take-n-bake pizza section. This Chicken Flatbread Southwest Style version is incredibly tasty. My kids love anything with meat or cheese. Their XL pizzas are huge and can feed a crowd quickly for only around $5.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Pieces for Baking
Again, chocolate! I do a lot of baking and good chocolate can make or break a cookie or bar. These Belgian baking pieces are fabulous in my famous chocolate chip cookies and my 5 Ingredient Million Dollar Bars. They are rich and decadent and because of that I've found you don't need to use quite as many as a regular chocolate chip.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Limes
Yep, I'm a lime lover. I especially always have a bag on hand {check out that price!} when the whether starts to warm up. I love nothing better than a chilled cocktail on my back deck. These moscow mules are always a hit - and when in doubt I mix up sparkling water and fresh lime with a splash of gin or vodka.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

White Cheddar Puffs
My kids are 11, 10 and almost 7 and they EAT ALL THE TIME. They often prefer snacks over meals {sigh} so I have quite a few on hand. I recently bought this white cheddar puffy popcorn in individual bags so we'd have them on hand for sports tournaments. We all loved them.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Pesto
Yes, homemade pesto is easy to make {I have a whole post on how to make it here}, but often we don't have time or a fresh basil plant in our backyard. Guess what? Jarred pesto is just as good! Drop a few spoonfuls onto hot pasta with some fresh Parmesan or slather some on a grilled sandwich.

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

Wine Seltzers
Again, we are gearing towards warmer weather and nothing is more refreshing than a wine seltzer! If you like a little bubbly, then you'll enjoy these. My store had the peach variety, but I've also seen watermelon. Treat yourself ladies!

ALDI Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy...my recent popular ALDI buys.

What do you think of my ALDI favorites? Did you find some that are new to you? Ones you are dying to try? Are there any here that you've been buying for years?

I'd love to hear ALL your thoughts.

And remember - next month is Costco and shortly after that it's Trader Joe's. More fun to come! Tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} when sharing, I'll be sure to share the love.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Blueberry Muffin Loaf

This Blueberry Muffin Loaf has been a staple in our house for years!
Tender and bursting with blueberries, make this sweet bread soon.

Blueberry Muffin Loaf

Doesn't this Blueberry Muffin Loaf just look like Spring?

If so, you are in luck, it tastes like Spring too - light and tender and bursting with fresh blueberries. I've been making this sweet bread for years. It all stemmed back to a time when I threw away my dreadful silicone muffin pans {I don't like silicone muffin tins...I can never get them clean} and instead decided to throw this batter in a loaf pan.

I haven't looked back!

Blueberry Muffin Loaf

In fact, each Summer when we travel to Lake Okoboji my brother-in-law expects me to bring a few loaves along for our casual breakfasts on the deck in the morning. He likes nothing better than to sip his coffee and have a slice!

Lucky for him I bake up a few batches of this muffin loaf and my famous banana bread to bring along. Most of it doesn't often last the week we are there.

Everyone is always fighting over the last slice - serve with with softened butter and it goes twice as fast. There really is nothing better.

Blueberry Muffin Loaf

I first shared this sweet bread in 2013, which feels like ions ago! It's hard to believe that was 8 years ago and I've been blogging over 11 years now. What in the world. Seems crazy. But it does go to show that classic recipes never go out of style.

This blueberry bread is a fan favorite with my kids as an after school snack. When I reshot photos for this post, it was one of those days.

"Mom, is this for us?"

Absolutely kids - photos are finished {they've learned to ask} so dig in!

Blueberry Muffin Loaf

What people love about this bread is that it's not overally sweet like some. It's tender and fluffy with a crunchy sugar coated crust with just enough sweetness to make it perfect for breakfast.

Or an afternoon snack!

People also love the subtle almond extract flavoring I add to the batter making them go....hmmmm.....what is that?

Trust me, add it!

Blueberry Muffin Loaf

Bake this up soon for your family whether for your Saturday morning breakfast, a brunch with friends or a side treat when you opt for breakfast as dinner {we do that often - the kids love it!}. Often when I'm racking my brain for what to make for dinner it inevitably turns into breakfast.

If not for breakfast, make it for a neighbor or just for a friend as a surprise!

Blueberry Muffin Loaf

Please share your photos when you make this bread! I'd love to see them. Tag me {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll be sure to share the love.

Blueberry Muffin Loaf

Blueberry Muffin Loaf
Yield: 10
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 50 Min
This delicious sweet bread tastes just like a blueberry muffin! Tender, just slightly sweet and bursting with blueberries make it for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar + add'l for sprinkling on top
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t almond extract
  • 4 oz shortening, melted
  • 2 cups blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl sift together all the dry ingredients and also set aside.
  3. In another microwave safe bowl melt the shortening. After allowing it to cool a bit, whisk in the buttermilk, egg and extracts. 
  4. Gently combine the dry and wet ingredients together into a batter, being careful to not overmix.
  5. Sprinkle the blueberries with a light dusting of flour and fold them into the batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the loaf with a few pinches of sugar.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until a nice golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing.

Calories

288.08

Fat (grams)

12.38

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.91

Carbs (grams)

40.06

Fiber (grams)

1.39

Net carbs

38.67

Sugar (grams)

19.29

Protein (grams)

4.24

Sodium (milligrams)

317.23

Cholesterol (grams)

25.93
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