This is an easy-to-make and extremely tasty traditional deviled egg recipe. The creamy yolk filling makes boring hard-boiled eggs a wonderful appetizer. If you already make great hard-boiled eggs, skip the how-to instructions to get right to the recipe.
To make the perfect deviled eggs, you need to make perfect hard-boiled eggs so you have eggs that aren't missing chunks that were left attached to the shell when peeling. You also need to boil eggs that are just the right age (it's easier than it sounds). The details:
How to Avoid Eggs That Don't Peel
How do you peel an egg without taking half of it off with the shell? The secret is to use an older egg. The fresher the egg, the harder it is to peel-no matter how you cook it. Well, there are two ways to the eggs that don't peel.
Firstly, a two-week-old refrigerated egg peels perfectly once cooked. If you have a fresh egg from a chicken, you'll leave half of it on the shell even if they cooked exactly the same way.
So how do you tell how fresh an egg is? An old-fashioned way to find out the age of an egg is by placing it in the bottom of a bowl of cold water. If it lies on its side, it is strictly fresh. If it stands at an angle it is at least three days old. If it stands on end, it is ten days old.
Or you could just go by the date on the carton. The day of the year that the eggs are processed and placed into the carton must be shown on each carton with the USDA grade shield.
This is called the “Pack Date.”The number is a three-digit code that represents the consecutive day of the year. For example, January 1 is shown as “001” and December 31 as “365.” Also, most packers show a month and day on the end of the carton which indicates the last day the eggs should be sold at retail or used by consumers.
The best to get eggs that peel like a dream is to use the older eggs as we mentioned above and to add a teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water. The baking soda will react with the calcium in the eggshell and break it down as it cooks in the water. After a brief dunk in an ice bath, the shell should pop right off.
How to Boil Eggs
1. Place the eggs in a saucepan, and cover them with COLD tap water (enough to just cover all the eggs).
2. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Keep an eye on the eggs, and as soon as the water is at a rolling boil immediately reduce the heat to a low-medium boil and cook an additional 10 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and very quickly place the eggs under ice-cold water or in a bowl of iced water to chill quickly and keep the yolk a nice yellow color.
4. Chill for a few minutes in the cold water until the egg is completely cooled. Crack each egg on all sides and peel.
Deviled Eggs Recipe
- 6 eggs
- Dash of salt
- Dash of pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard
- 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1. Hard boil eggs. Cool for 10 minutes and remove shells. Cut into halves lengthwise and remove yolk, place yolk into a small bowl.
2. Cream yolk, salt, pepper, mustard, and mayonnaise.
3. Put 1/2 teaspoonful into egg whites and garnish with paprika.