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Deviled Eggs

Deviled EggsI hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend, whether you celebrate Easter, Passover or, as we in the Sushi Bar do, Chocolate Bunny Day.

Our day began when we were rudely awakened by the psychotic robin that lives in the hemlock outside our bedroom window.  It’s nesting season, you see, and when it sees its reflection in our very large, very south-facing bedroom window it thinks there’s an invading bird so it charges and flies directly into the window…repeatedly.  We finally gave up trying to sleep any later – the damn bird kept at it even after we’d lowered our blinds – so we turned on Turner Classic Movies, which was having an “Easter Themed Day” of programming, while Beloved grouched:

“Remind me to go out there first thing in the morning and body slam that damn bird’s nest a few times.”

Saturday night, I forced wheedled the Men In My Life into decorating about a dozen and a half hard boiled eggs with me.  I mean, it’s not Chocolate Bunny Day without colored hard boiled eggs, right?  Right?? So now, as usual, I’m stuck with 18 brightly colored hard boiled eggs that need to be devoured in the next few days.  Some of the will be eaten for breakfast over the course of the week, some will be put into salads for lunch, and the rest will be made into deviled eggs to be scarfed as snacks all through the day.

Because I love me some deviled eggs.

A note about hard boiled eggs. For years hard boiled eggs baffled me – half the time, at least, I’d end up with ragged egg whites that stuck to the shell, and even when the eggs peeled cleanly I’d be stuck with a yucky green coating on the yolk.  Both, I’m glad to report, are easily avoided if you know your eggs.  First, never boil a strictly fresh egg; they will peel much more easily if they’ve been sitting in the refrigerator for a few days (the ones we boiled Saturday had been purchased the previous Saturday in anticipation of boiling and coloring).  Secondly, when you do boil them, do so gently.  Lower the eggs into cool water that covers them by at least an inch, and bring them to a brisk boil.  Immediately remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes – no more,  no less.  Drain and cool in a bowl of cold water.

You will have perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel and have no discoloration.

Deviled Eggs

makes 12 servings

12 large hard boiled eggs

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons brown or yellow mustard

1/4 cup sweet pickle relish

1/4 cup finely chopped onion or celery

Peel eggs and halve lengthwise. Carefully remove yolks and mash in a bowl with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, onion or celery, and salt and pepper to taste to yolks and stir with fork until well combined, then spoon into egg whites.


14 comments

Lori says:

Sounds like you had a good chocolate bunny day! I have a bunch of hard boiled eggs now too so will either make these or egg salad.

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Tricia says:

Deviled eggs remind me of home. They were one of the things my mom used to make, and they were fantastic. So many people don’t use the relish, but it’s a must.

I always just boil my eggs until the shells crack. Ummm, I think you’re way sounds much better :o)

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Michele says:

I find everyone makes Deviled Eggs differently. I don’t use onion, celery or pickle relish in mine. I use a little pimento. Your recipe sounds like what I use for egg salad. All our yummy!!!!!

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stoneskin says:

Want to hear my recipe for exorcised eggs?

I’ve eaten so many deviled eggs in the last 24 hours I’m in danger of turning into one! So much for the pre-vacation diet … between the eggs and the chocolate bunnies I totally blew it this weekend. By the way, at our house the bunnies MUST be See’s.

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Pseudo says:

I have 18 dyed eggs just hollaring for this recipe.

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Talk about perfect timing between the hardboiled eggs of Passover and the colored Easter eggs!
Deviled eggs are uh-mazing.

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Mmmmmmm . . . I loved deviled eggs. Too bad Maggie’s violently allergic . . . somehow I don’t think even the outstanding Ener-G Egg Replacer would work well with deviled eggs.

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Consider me baffled…until now. This sounds a lot like what my mother told me to do but I never wrote it down and would always forget and call her. I can’t call her now, as you know. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jan. As always, you’re my hero.

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Cathy says:

Around here in northwest Alabama, the pickle-relish-in-deviled-eggs question is akin to the grapes-in-chicken-salad issue: Passionate defenders on both sides!

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Monica says:

Yum Yum!…I love em too and so does my family…one problem though…it gives the men in my house horrible GAS! Which always turns into the “farting game”

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I’m not a big deviled egg fan unless they’re MY deviled eggs which I make by mixing the cooked yolk with Ranch dressing and a little salt/pepper. That’s it.

Are you surprised?? LOL

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SSG says:

Good advice re: discolouration. I never knew it was to do with how I cooked them, I thought the eggs were just bad…

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Beth says:

My kids always called them Devil Eggs. For some reason, that title stuck. They are a fave around here!

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