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Deviled Eggs Recipe

Deviled Eggs Recipe

The Quintessential Party Appetizer: Deviled Eggs with a Kick

Deviled eggs – a timeless finger food that appears at potlucks, picnics, and celebrations of all kinds. But these aren't your average grocery store deli offerings. This recipe unlocks the secrets to creating the perfect deviled egg, bursting with creamy, flavorful filling and a touch of paprika pizazz.

Ingredients (makes about 16 deviled eggs):

  • The Base:

    • 8 large eggs (the fresher the better, for easier peeling)
  • The Creamy and Zesty Filling:

    • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise (adds richness and creaminess)
    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (for a tangy kick) – you can also use yellow mustard
    • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (adjustable based on your spice preference) – sriracha or Tabasco work well
    • 2 stalks fresh chives (finely chopped, for an oniony flavor) – you can also use parsley for a milder flavor
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • The Finishing Touches:

    • 2 tablespoons paprika powder (for a smoky sweetness and garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Achieving the Perfect Boil: Begin by placing the eggs in a saucepan and covering them with enough cold water. Bring the water to a high heat and let the eggs boil for 10 minutes. This will ensure they are hard-boiled through.

  2. A Rest for Perfectly Peeled Eggs: Once the boiling time is complete, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the eggs rest in the hot water for 5 minutes. This helps loosen the yolks from the whites, making peeling easier.

  3. The Power of an Ice Bath: After 5 minutes, drain the hot water and immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl filled with ice water. Let them sit for another 5 minutes. The sudden change in temperature further loosens the shells and makes peeling a breeze.

  4. Shelling and Halving: Peel the cooled eggs carefully. Once peeled, gently cut each egg in half lengthwise. You can use a sharp knife or an egg slicer for this step.

  5. Separating the Yolks: Carefully remove the yolks from the egg whites and place them in a separate bowl. You want to keep the egg white halves intact as little "boats" to hold the filling.

  6. Creating the Dreamy Filling: Using a fork, mash the yolks until they are smooth and creamy. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, hot sauce, chives, salt, and pepper to the mashed yolks. Mix everything well until well combined and a flavorful filling is formed.

  7. Filling the Egg White "Boats": Spoon the creamy filling into each egg white half. You can use a piping bag for a more decorative touch, or simply spoon it in.

  8. A Touch of Paprika Magic: Sprinkle the tops of the deviled eggs with paprika powder. This adds a touch of smoky sweetness and a vibrant red color for a delightful presentation.

  9. The Chilling Finale: Place the deviled eggs on a plate and cover them with plastic wrap. Refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld and for the filling to set.

  10. Deviled Egg Perfection: Serve your deviled eggs chilled and enjoy! They are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

Tips:

  • Use Room Temperature Eggs: For easier peeling, use eggs that have been sitting at room temperature for about 30 minutes before boiling.
  • Don't Overcook the Eggs: Overcooked eggs can have a greenish tinge around the yolk and rubbery whites. Aim for a hard-boiled consistency with a slightly soft yolk.
  • Get Creative with Fillings: You can customize the filling to your taste. Try adding chopped ham, crumbled bacon, or other herbs like dill or tarragon.

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