Basic Deviled Eggs6:30:00 PM
Deviled eggs are the perfect side dish or appetizer for a summer get together. They are relatively simple, cheap, and they can be made ahead of time.
If you look for deviled eggs on the internet, you are going to find a wide variety of recipes. Wasabi deviled eggs, bacon deviled eggs, avocado deviled eggs, and spinach deviled eggs all showed up when I just did a 30 second search on pinterest.Those are all interesting variations on a theme. But it's not what I think of when I think of deviled eggs.
Deviled eggs bring me back to my Grandma's kitchen.When I was a little girl, it wasn't unusual that when we were in town that a good portion of the extended family would manage to cram into my Grandma and Granddaddy's house for a Sunday dinner after church. I can remember watching my aunt or my mom sit down at a end of the table to mix up a batch of deviled eggs while my Grandma was mixing up biscuits (which, by the way, was why I was in there in the first place, to beg for some biscuit dough--but that's another story!). Anyway, even in my family, there are variations on the basic deviled egg recipe. My mom doesn't like as much mustard in her eggs as my aunt does. But those are minor variations on a basic recipe.
A few years ago I was trying to figure out a side for a monthly get together that some friend of ours do. I decided to try my hands at deviled eggs. I checked with my mom what the basic proportions were, and like most recipes that come out of a grandma's kitchen, the recipe was fairly loose. Basically, you have to work at the recipe until...well, until it just tastes right. This is the first time I've written down exactly how I make deviled eggs. They are closer to my mom's version of the eggs than my aunt's, but if you are looking for a basic recipe for deviled eggs from which to develop your own version, try this one.
I have seen on pinterest at the Burlap Bag how you can bake "hard boiled" eggs, so this time I tried it--and it worked pretty well. Basically, I put the eggs in a 325 oven fo30 minutes. Keep in mind you may get little brown spots on the white where the egg touches the muffin pan, but it didn't affect the taste--you just have to work around it for aesthetic reasons!
Basic Deviled Eggs
10 eggs, hardboiled
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Peel the eggs and cut them in half lengthwise.
Take out all the yolks and put them in a small mixing bowl. If you have a helper, have them smash up those yolks with a spoon or fork.
Add the mayonnaise and mustard. Mix. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Mix again.
I've experimented a bunch on ways to get the yolk mixture into the egg whites, and this method has proved the easiest. Put the yolk mixture on a tablespoon and push it off with a teaspoon, like so:
And that's it, pretty easy, don't you think? Now you can put some fancy stuff in them if you want, or you can just have the basic eggs. I keep doing the basic eggs, though.
All I know is that it is a rare gathering that I have any leftovers to take home. If I choose not to make them, I always have someone ask me why. In fact, the last time I made them, one of the guys went through the line a little too late and missed out. I have also had an offer to buy me a much larger deviled egg dish so that there are more to go around. I hope you enjoy this recipe nearly as much as my friends do.
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