Deriving their name from the hint of spicy flavor they provide, deviled eggs are a popular appetizer option during the holidays, but they also make for an incredibly tasty and healthy snack all year round. From summer picnics and family gatherings to more elegant and formal events, deviled eggs are the ideal appetizer for any occasion that is sure to please the crowd.
Quick and easy to make, with only a handful of ingredients and a couple of minutes of preparation, here is a classic deviled eggs recipe that can be served on its own, or even updated in a number of effortless ways:
Ingredients you’ll need
To make a classic deviled eggs recipe, all you need are the following ingredients:
- 6 large eggs
- ¼ cup (60g) mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard or yellow mustard
- 1 tsp. vinegar or lemon juice
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Smoked paprika, for garnish
- Parsley, chives or other fresh herbs, for garnish
Method of preparation
Step 1: Place the eggs in a medium-sized saucepan, and fill it with cool water until the eggs are just covered. Place the pan over high heat, and bring the water to a boil. After it reaches a boil, cover the pot with a lid, remove it from heat, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, drain and rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in a bowl filled with cool water and ice.
Step 2: Crack the eggshells using a spoon or by lightly tapping it against the kitchen counter, and then carefully peel each egg. Once all the eggs are peeled, slice them in half lengthwise, from top to bottom, using a sharp knife. Gently scoop out the egg yolks, and transfer them to a mixing bowl, while setting the egg whites aside.
Step 3: Using the back of a fork, mash up the egg yolks into a fine crumble. Then, stir in the mayonnaise/yogurt, vinegar/lemon juice, salt, and pepper until the ingredients are fully combined, forming a smooth paste. If the texture looks too firm, add a small amount of mayonnaise or Greek yogurt until you get the desired creamy consistency.
Step 4: Scoop the egg yolk filling out of the bowl using a silicone spatula, and transfer it into a piping bag fitted with a round or star tip. Alternatively, place the mixture into a ziplock bag, and then use a pair of scissors to cut off one corner. Either way, remember to press the bag carefully with your hands to push the mixture into one corner and let any air out the top.
Step 5: Evenly disperse the egg yolk mixture into the cups of egg white halves, squeezing the bag from the top downwards. Make sure that the filling mounds a bit over the top, for even distribution. Sprinkle each egg with a pinch of smoked paprika and chosen fresh herbs, and serve chilled.
Different flavor variations
Although the above recipe is the most classic method of preparing deviled eggs, there are many ways to add extra flavor to this dish, easily making it spicier, sweeter, more savory, or simply more flavorful. Consider using ingredients such as bacon cubes, feta cheese, mashed avocado, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne or jalapeño peppers, for instance, to customize this recipe, and make it a bit more unique.
Making deviled eggs in advance
Apart from being incredibly simple and undeniably delicious, another good thing about this recipe is the fact that these deviled eggs could be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. However, for the most flavor and the best possible results, it’s recommended to store the egg whites and the egg yolk mixture separately in airtight containers, assembling them together just before serving.
Whether you decide to keep your deviled eggs classic or get creative with different flavor combinations, this quick and simple recipe is bound to satisfy even the most sophisticated palates. Enjoy!