Thursday, May 29, 2008

Deviled Eggs

I have many memories of deviled eggs on buffet tables as well as at picnics and BBQ's. However, none of these memories actually involve my eating and enjoying a deviled egg. Instead, I've been fraught with fear and offensive aromas whenever I encountered this little snack. While I was on vacation in the Outer Banks recently I came across a hot pink Melamine deviled egg tray and I had to have it because I'm obsessed with Melamine. When I got home and was brainstorming for a dish to bring to a Memorial Day get together, I figured now was the opportune time to try my hand at a deviled egg that wouldn't gross me out.
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Fill a large pot with cool water about half way. Add eight eggs and set over high heat. When the water and eggs start to boil, let boil for a minute, then turn off the burner and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 12 minutes.

After 12 minutes, shock the eggs in ice water for about 5 minutes. This stops the cooking and makes the eggs easy to peel.

Carefully peel the cooled eggs under running water. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, remove the hard yolks and place in a medium bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a plate or your own deviled egg tray.

Mash the yolks up with a fork and add 2 tsp grainy mustard, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 chopped dill pickles and freshly ground pepper. Mix until smooth.

I transfered my egg yolk mixture into a Ziploc bag, snipped the end off and used it as a pastry bag to fill my deviled eggs, but feel free to use a real pastry bag with a fancy tip or just use a spoon if you're not worried about presentation. Garnish the filled eggs with a sprinkling of dried dill.

10 Comments:

  1. Rachel said...
    I LOVE that egg tray!
    Taylor said...
    Deviled eggs Rock. My. World. Love 'em. Could eat ten in a row - and have!

    I have two deviled egg trays, and so badly want to buy more, but then I'd have a collection, and I don't want to be that crazy person with a deviled egg tray collection, you know.
    SN said...
    FYI, we've thrown a surprising number of '50's themed parties, considering how few parties we've thrown altogether. I suspect the only reason we've ever thrown them is for the chance to serve quartered sandwiches and deviled eggs. On the other hand, while I distinctly remember gobbling up remaindered quarter sandwiches, I think we've thrown out a lot of uneaten deviled eggs. Now that I think about it, I have no memory of ever having actually eaten one. Huh. Disturbing.
    Glenna said...
    Very nice! I never eat deviled eggs on a buffet either unless it's a potluck and I know the person who brought them. It is weird how deviled eggs sort of bring that out in people, huh? Yours look great!
    sher said...
    I'm lusting after that egg tray!! (And for the eggs too!)
    E said...
    Rachel - Thanks! I do too.

    Taylor - I hear you.

    SN - Again with you rubbing all the parties you throw (and never invite me to) in my face. You should try a deviled egg sometime, there isn't a chance it will be as yummy as the ones pictured here, but at least you'll have joined the ranks of those who love/loathe the eggs.

    Glenna - That is funny, I'm only to assume we're not the only two who feel that way.

    Sher - Thanks! I just couldn't pass up the tray, hot pink is awesome.
    Tanya said...
    i also have an deviled egg carrier that has a stem that attaches to it so you can two tiers of eggs!
    I love making them a lil sweet and spicy! Dill is a nice garnish, i always opt for the retro blk olive slice and paprika, i can thank mom for that habit.
    Kevin said...
    I have never had deviled eggs but they look really good!
    Jackie said...
    These look marvelous! I've always used parsley to sprinkle on mine, but will have to try the dill next time. Sounds like a nice change of pace!
    Caralea said...
    Those deviled eggs tasted as good as they look. I was lucky on Memorial Day, and now I'm hungry. --Carly

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