Visiting my family in Virginia this past weekend made me think about my simple deviled eggs recipe. My husband, sons and I had gone over to my father’s house to eat crabs. (Eating crabs is one of my “must-do” food things when I’m at home.) I had no idea that my mother-in-law had planned an entire cookout. When I came in, she mentioned that she had some eggs boiling so that she could prepare some deviled eggs. Happy dance!
You can take the girl out of the south but you can’t take the south out of the girl. Although I live in NYC, I still tend to make deviled eggs for gatherings of friends and/or family. They are easy to make and consistent crowd pleasers. When people ask me how to make deviled eggs, they are often surprised at how easy it is to make them. The only thing that I don’t like about deviled eggs is that they are hard to serve. You need a special plate so that they don’t keep sliding all over the place! Anyway, here is my simple deviled eggs recipe:
- 12 eggs
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp mustard
- 1 tbsp sweet relish
- salt and pepper to taste
- paprika, for sprinkling
- Place the raw eggs in a pot filled with enough boiling water to cover the eggs. Let them boil for approximately 20 minutes. (You can check if the eggs are done at the 15 minute mark, by taking one out and seeing if it is cooked.)
- Take the eggs out of the water and put them in a colander. Run cold water over the eggs to cool them down and then peel the eggs.
- Cut the eggs in half. (The whites will hold the deviled egg filling.) Gently remove the yolks and place all of them in a separate bowl.
- Add the mayonnaise, mustard and sweet relish to the bowl with the egg yolks. Mix everything together until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture. Lightly sprinkle the deviled eggs with paprika. That's it! You can eat them right away or lightly cover and refrigerate them until it is time to serve them. (Personally, I prefer mine chilled.)
The other thing that I love about deviled eggs is that they are very versatile. Once you have the basic recipe, you can add extra toppings or additions. For instance, I have had them with bacon and/or shredded cheese on top. Sometimes, I even add avocado or hot sauce to the basic filling. I encourage you to experiment with some of your family’s favorite flavors. Enjoy!
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