November 23, 2022 • cocktail party
EXCLUSIVE: Serene Russell Shares Thanksgiving Recipes and Why She’s Thankful for Fiancé Brandon Jones
Celebrate the holidays with Bachelor Nation!
Fans got to know Serene Russell on Season 26 of “The Bachelor” and Season 8 of “Bachelor in Paradise.”
And now, the Bachelor Nation star is sitting down with BachelorNation.com for an exclusive interview about her favorite Friendsgiving foods and traditions.
Check out Serene’s entire interview — including the secret recipe for her favorite deviled eggs dish — below!
Bachelor Nation: Happy holidays, Serene! Is there a dish you are excited to make this year?
Serene Russell: I try to make something different every year! I’m definitely that girl that Pinterest and TikTok cooking videos get the best of 😅. I’m extremely ambitious when it comes to holiday meals, so I can’t pick just one! But making something with family is the best part!
BN: Love that! Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving food to eat?
SR: Yes! I die for a good green bean casserole. It has to be right, though — fresh green beans so there’s a crunch. Big garlic and crunchy onion girly. Can’t be soggy. I eat all things on Thanksgiving, but I will eat all the green bean casserole by myself 😅. That and potatoes! Any potato dish is good at any time. I don’t discriminate.
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BN: Absolutely agreed. Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving tradition with your family and friends?
SR: I definitely love to get outside and throw the football around with my dad and brother. I love helping plan things and getting everyone together with my mom and Grandma Russell. I have a blended family, so we have so many places to be those days! For Friendsgiving, I’d say playing Catchphrase with wine — any kind of trivia. I’m happy just spending time with fam and friends doing anything!
BN: So sweet. What are you most thankful for this year?
SR: I’m thankful for everyone being happy and healthy. I’m also so, so excited to start new traditions with Brandon and get to bring him into my family as well as getting to experience the holidays with his family. It’s so special that we get to celebrate our engagement in time for the holidays with the people we love.
BN: That is so exciting! We love you two so much! Last but not least, is there a dish from your family’s background/culture that you incorporate into Thanksgiving?
SR: OMG yes! My both sides of my family LOVE deviled eggs as an appetizer and side — but they have to make multiple trays because I will clear one or two trays by myself without noticing 😂. My mom’s deviled egg recipe is sooo good (her recipe verbatim lol):
Deviled eggs with Okie translation 😅
9 eggs because that’s what my tray fits, lol.
Cut in half
Yolks in a bowl
***Make sure yolks are room temp or cool before mixing ingredients into them
1 fat dollop (3 tablespoons) of Miracle Whip
1 spurt (1 tablespoon) mustard
¼ of a large pickle (don’t use skin)
Chop pickle very small
1 tablespoon of onion chopped very small
Pickle and onion should be cut so small you can’t see them in the mix easily but can still feel a little crunch.
Use a fork to mash the yolks until no lumps
Mix all ingredients into the yolks until smooth.
Then taste... Something is missing. It’s just not right... Add a tablespoon of pickle juice. Yes, I literally do this EVERY time 😅😅
Spoon into egg halves and sprinkle with paprika.
Refrigerate for around 30 minutes.
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