Deviled eggs are often served at parties and other social gatherings, and they can be made in advance and refrigerated until ready to serve. These are a classic Easter side dish that everyone loves.
Deviled eggs are a popular appetizer or snack that consists of hard-boiled eggs that have been cut in half and filled with a mixture of the egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard, and other seasonings.
This simple mixture is then spooned or piped back into the egg whites and garnished with ingredients such as paprika or chopped herbs. Some variations of deviled eggs include adding ingredients such as diced pickles, olives, bacon, or cheese to the filling mixture. Deviled eggs are a simple and tasty way to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs and are sure to be a hit with your guests.
Paprika for deviled eggs
Peprika is a traditional spice used for flavoring and garnishing devield eggs. While you can use any paprika you have on hand I very much want to suggest using smoked paprika. This adds a richer flavor with a think of smoke that can really take your deviled eggs up a notch.
What you need for deviled eggs
- 6 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Paprika, for garnish (optional)
How to make deviled eggs
Place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10-12 minutes.
Drain the eggs and place them in a bowl of ice water to cool. Once they are cool, gently tap the eggs on a hard surface to crack the shells and then peel them under running water.
Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and carefully remove the yolks, placing them in a separate bowl. Set the egg whites aside.
Mash the yolks with a fork, then add the mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper and mix well until smooth.
Using a spoon or a pastry bag fitted with a large tip, fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture.
Garnish the eggs with a sprinkle of paprika, if desired.
Serve the deviled eggs chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy!
How to put a twist on deviled eggs
Here are many ways to put a twist on the classic deviled egg recipe. Here are a few ideas:
:: Top the deviled eggs with a sprinkle of crumbled bacon or fried shallots for a savory crunch.
:: Mix some diced cooked shrimp or lobster into the yolk mixture for a seafood twist on deviled eggs.
:: Add some spice to the yolk mixture by mixing in some diced jalapenos or a pinch of cayenne pepper. This one is one of my favorite options because I just love a kick of spice
:: For a southwestern twist, mix in some diced avocado and a pinch of chili powder into the yolk mixture.
:: Top the deviled eggs with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese or a piece of prosciutto for a gourmet twist.
:: For a sweet and savory twist, mix in some diced ham and a spoonful of mango chutney into the yolk mixture.
By adding these types of ingredients to the yolk mixture, you can give your deviled eggs a unique twist and add some new flavors to the classic recipe.
How to serve deviled eggs
If you are looking of other items and places to serve deviled eggs besides holiday dinners these ideas will help you make use of deviled eggs all year round.
:: A salad or slaw
:: Grilled or roasted vegetables
:: Cold cuts or deli meats
:: Sandwiches or wraps
:: Chips or crackers
:: Roasted or grilled chicken, steak, or fish
:: Other appetizers, such as olives, pickles, or dips for a snack tray
You could also serve deviled eggs as part of a larger spread, such as a buffet or potluck. In this case, you might want to include a variety of dishes to appeal to a wide range of tastes.
Here are a few ideas for what you can do with leftover deviled eggs:
:: Make a salad: Chop up the deviled eggs and mix them into a salad of your choice. You could use greens, vegetables, and a variety of toppings.
:: Use them as a topping: Slice the deviled eggs and use them as a topping for burgers, sandwiches, or toast.
:: Make egg salad: Chop the deviled eggs and mix them with mayonnaise, mustard, and any other desired seasonings to make egg salad. You can use this to fill sandwiches or wraps, or serve it as a side dish.
:: Freeze them: Deviled eggs can be frozen and saved for later. To freeze, place the eggs in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat them, thaw them in the fridge before serving.
:: Use them in a recipe: Deviled eggs can be used in a variety of recipes, such as egg salad sandwiches, deviled egg pasta salad, or deviled egg potato salad. You could also use them as a topping for casseroles or frittatas.