Introduction: Halloween Deviled Egg Party Platter
*please note i made 120 of these, I know mine are a bit sloppy. You can take the time to make them more exact but they were a hit as is.I made this instructable to share the idea, not to showcase my artistic talent.
Step 1: Boil Your Eggs.
I'm kind of hoping that most people who are old enough to read don't need any real direction for this...just make sure your eggs are fully submerged and that you have enough water to keep them covered until they are done( although, until you have exploded an egg you haven't FULLY lived!) Most "experts" say to boil the water then remove the eggs from heat and leave them covered for 8-10 minutes, I prefer to keep the water at a simmer and cross my fingers that I remember them 10 minutes later (see above note regarding exploding eggs).
Step 2: Time to Peel.. or Are You Feeling Lucky?
After a whole lot of experimentation with various tricks and hacks, I can say I have 100% success with easy shell removal if I add the eggs to already boiling water using a slotted spoon to lower them in. and immediately run them under cold water and peel once they are cooked.
Step 3: Slice Your Eggs
Slice your eggs as shown in the picture. Separate the yolks from the whites and set the whites aside.
I made these to take to my local senior center , because my fridge is small.. and 120 prepared deviled eggs are not so small. I made the eggs the day before Halloween, and then filled them in the morning before heading to the center. If you have ever wondered how small you can condense 60 eggs sliced and separated without damaging them.. now you know.
Step 4: Smash the Yolks
You want them finely crumbled as in the above picture.
at this point I am going to add my disclaimer:
In my experience, deviled eggs are like potato salad, everyone has a very strong opinion on what to put in them.With that in mind, I will add what recipe I use (in a much smaller scale)at the end of this instructable. I make no claims that it is just like your mom made them or as good as your grandmas.. feel free to use your own recipe at this point. I did add a picture of my ingredients for the basic egg.
Step 5: Separate Your Mixture Into Two Bowls
once you have your yummy goodness of a filling made, separate the mixture and add some red food coloring to one bowl. If you are a fan of paprika sprinkled on your eggs feel free to add that with the color. Add the amount that makes a pumpkin color in your mind. I suggest adding the color a few drops at a time so you dont end up with pink pumpkin eggs, it's much easier to add more color than it is to remove it.
Step 6: Prepare Your "accessories" and Filling
- for the pumpkins you will need green onions cut into approximately 1/4" lengths.
- for the spiders you will need black olives sliced as shown.
- for the bloody eyeballs you will need grape tomatoes sliced into 1/4 " thicknesses (i don't have an image of this because i had not originally planned the eyeballs, the idea popped into my head while i was assembling the eggs, and i was running very short on time)
- I put my filling into plastic bags as shown and cut the corner off so i could 'pipe' the filling in to save time, normally i just spoon it in the old fashioned way like my mom did, either way will work
- you may find toothpicks to be helpful (i used them to make 'ribs' on my pumpkins as well as to add red coloring to my eyes for a 'bloodshot' effect. There are probably dozens of tools that could be used for this with equal or better effectiveness.
Step 7: Start Filling! .. (and Filling.. and Filling.. and Filling..)
- for the pumpkins i used a toothpick to make lines simulating the ribs of a pumpkin, then one green onion piece for a stem
- for the spiders i used one half olive for the body and the thin slices for legs
- for the eyes i used one slice of tomato as the pupil and a toothpick to apply watered down food coloring as veins
yes, i know i got rather sloppy, this is a result of somehow thinking that filling and decorating 120 eggs in an hr would be "easy". I considered saving some eggs and doing the prettied up perfect version for the instructable, but I didn't want to end up not having enough for everyone just to satisfy my need for a pretty picture. My decorating is sloppy.. yours doesn't need to be.
Step 8: The Recipe You Probably Won't Use:
6 hard-cooked eggs
¼ cup Mayonnaise
½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tbs dill relish
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
paprika for garnish