This rich, creamy Pimento cheese dressing pulls the whole recipe together and makes it mouth watering good, with the addition of sweet pepper, southern black eyed peas and pecans, this recipe adds the finishing touches for a satisfying southern meal.
To make perfect hard boiled eggs, place eggs in a single layer in a medium saucepan and completely cover with cold water. Cook over medium heat until water comes to a high boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and cover with cold water. Peel while warm.
Pimento Cheese dressing:
Let one cup finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Beat cheese and 1/2 cup mayo with an electric beater on medium. Add 1/2 cup milk and one 2 oz. jar drained diced Pimentos, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Beat well to mix.
Ingredients for Cobb Salad:
1 recipe for Pimento cheese dressing
3 or 4 hard cooked eggs
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (for those who aren’t vegetarian)
1/3 cup flour (if you’re using chicken)
3 Tbsp. oil (if using chicken)
1 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. bottled hot pepper sauce
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 can 15.8 oz. can black eyed peas rinsed and drained
1 large head lettuce torn into bite sizes
1 large red sweet pepper cut into strips
1/2 cup pecans
Prepare your Pimento cheese dressing first, and set aside. Halve eggs lengthwise and scoop out yolks. In a bowl mash yolks with fork. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons Pimento cheese dressing until smooth. Spoon yolk mixture into egg halves and set aside.
Prepare chicken: Pound chicken lightly to 1/2 inch thickness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. beat together egg, milk and hot pepper sauce. In another dish place flour. Dip chicken in egg mixture, and dredge in flour. Heat 2 Tbsp.oil in skillet, add chicken and cook 6 minutes, turning once. Drain and slice into strips.
In a bowl combine remaining oil and vinegar. Add peas, toss to coat.
To serve, place lettuce on platter. Arrange chicken, peas, red pepper, pecans and deviled eggs on lettuce. Pass remaining Pimiento cheese dressing. Serves 6. If you happen to have extra pecans, sprinkle those on too.
This Cobb salad is delicious with or without chicken. Eggs will give you plenty of protein if you don’t use chicken. Your family will love it either way.
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