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How to Make Perfect Deviled Eggs

How to Make Perfect Deviled Eggs

The word deviled is used to describe food that is highly seasoned, spiced, and rich. It can be chopped, ground, or whole. It can be served hot or cold. The early uses of the term referred to kidneys and other meat. Over the years, the meaning of the term has expanded to include eggs and crab. Ancient Romans made deviled eggs, but the term deviled was used to describe eggs only during the 18th century. Deviled eggs are great as appetizers in a party. Here are steps on how to make perfect deviled eggs.

  1. Boil the eggs

    When making hard-boiled eggs, it is not advisable to use very fresh eggs because they are harder to peel. This is because the membrane between the egg and the shell sticks harder to the egg when it’s fresh. When you have eggs nearing their expiration date, cooking them hard-boiled is best. Given the presentation of deviled eggs, the egg yolks must be centered to look nice. On the night before boiling the eggs, seal the egg carton with tape and turn it up on its side. This will give you well-centered yolks when cooked.



    Bring the eggs to room temperature before cooking. You can leave them on the counter for a while or place them under running hot tap water if you’re in a hurry.

    Place the eggs in one layer in a pan and pour enough water to cover the eggs completely. Bring the water to boil then remove from the heat and leave covered to cook some more for 15 to 20 minutes. Run the eggs under cold, running water. Crack the larger end because it has the air pocket then peel under the tap so the shell comes off easily.

  2. Prepare the deviled eggs

    Cut the eggs lengthwise in half with a sharp knife. Remove the egg yolks carefully to keep the shape of the egg whites. Place the yolks in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. You can also pass the yolks through a sieve. For a dish of six eggs, add ¼ cup of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon each of white vinegar and yellow mustard, 1/8 teaspoon salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Mix well.

    You can make your own mayonnaise by whisking together two large raw egg yolks at room temperature, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of champagne vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Whisk the mixture until it is foamy and pale. Pouring in a very thin stream, whisk in ½ cup of vegetable, peanut, or sunflower oil, and keep whisking until it emulsifies and looks like mayonnaise. Season the mayonnaise with more salt and vinegar if needed. For a fancier filling, you can mix the egg yolks with 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon chili pickling liquid or champagne vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and 1 tablespoon of crème fraîche. Season the filling with a pinch of salt and vinegar if needed.

    With a spoon, fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture. For a prettier presentation, you can use a piping bag to fill in the egg whites. In this case, you may need to freeze the piping bag with the filling for several hours and pipe just before serving. Arrange the deviled eggs on a plate and garnish with smoked Spanish paprika. Other suggested garnishes are olive oil, chives, cayenne, and pickled chilies to add color. Deviled eggs can be made one day in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator before serving.

Deviled eggs can also be great as picnic food. If you are covering the eggs with plastic wrap, stick some toothpicks in some on the eggs to keep the cover up and keep the presentation. Keep the food in an ice chest or with an ice pack if needed. With these steps on how to make perfect deviled eggs, you can have great party and picnic food anytime.

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