Deviled Eggs are a delicious and easy addition to nearly any meal. The basic concept of the egg turned evil that is oh so good is removing the yolk of a boiled egg, mixing it up with all kinds of tasty goodies, and then stuffing it back into the white part to make an addictive appetizer. The recipe can be varied greatly depending on your tastes with excellent results. Here's my favorite version, with notes about useful substitutions.
An even dozen eggs is a good amount to bring to a potluck to share. If you have any doubts, make more. I've seen people send down tons of Deviled Eggs and still make it through a full meal afterward.
Step 1: Boil eggs
Boil the eggs using your preferred method.
(Place the eggs in a large pot; cover with water, and bring to a boil. Boil vigorously for 5 minutes then turn off the heat. Pour eggs into a strainer and run cold water on them, or wait, until you can handle them.)
Peel the eggs and rinse off any shell bits. Halve each egg and place the halves on a large plate. Scoop the yolks out into a bowl.
Step 2: Mix filling
Using a pastry blender, or two knives if you don't have a pastry blender, cut up the yolks into small bits. Doing this before you add any ingredients makes it easier to mix them later.
- about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise. If you have no mayonnaise, increasing the proportions of the rest of the ingredients will adequately substitute but mayo is a good base and makes the filling creamy.
- about 3 tablespoons of mustard. I used 2 kinds, a sweet/hot version and a classic Dijon. You can leave out the mustard (unless you've left out the mayo) but the eggs will be less devilly.
- 4-5 tablespoons of vinegar. Apple cider or balsamic are my preferences; I used cider here. Lemon juice is a good substitute, and once I used grapefruit juice. it wasn't bad!
- one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Or soy sauce, in a pinch.
- salt to taste (not shown)
- paprika to sprinkle over the tops after filling
Stir up the filling! Taste it and adjust the proportions of the ingredients to your liking. I nearly always end up adding more vinegar because I like 'em sour.
Step 3: Fill the egg white halves
Using a spoon and a finger, scoop up some filling and scrape it into each of the yolk halves. You will have added enough ingredients to approximately double the mass of the egg yolks. I try to scoop a little less than twice the yolk bulk into each egg white cup, and then I go back and add a little to any that are low. An alternate method is to fill them up as high as you want, and discard any leftover whites.
Now, over the sink or a work surface, prep your paprika container so the level of the powder is close to the holes in the top. You'll tap once or twice over each egg half, and you want each tap to produce close to the same amount of paprika powder. Starting with the paprika close to the container holes helps a lot to prevent unexpectedly large doses.
Step 4: Serve your beautiful eggs!
Tasty AND decorative! What could be better?