With Easter coming up on April 21st, now is the time to start planning your kitchen and menu for your family gathering! Many families in the area would agree that it isn’t quite Easter without deviled eggs to snack on before, during, and after the main meal. Deviled eggs are easy to make, but they are also very customizable to suit the tastes of your guests – there’s a lot of creative potential in these bite-sized treats! Here’s how you can make the perfect deviled eggs to wow your guests this Easter.
Step 1: Hard-Boiling the Eggs
Although it seems simple, hard-boiling eggs properly is actually a key part of making the perfect set of deviled eggs. The process of how to hard-boil eggs is straight-forward – bring a pan of eggs covered in cold water to a boil on your cooktop or rangetop, remove from the heat, cover the pan, and let stand for 14-17 minutes depending on the size of the eggs. Then drain the eggs and place in a bowl filled with ice water. However, there are a couple of pro tips to keep in mind:
- Place the eggs in the saucepan first, then cover with water before heating. You don’t want any of your eggs to crack when they hit the bottom of the pan!
- Try to avoid using fresh eggs. Use eggs that have sat in your refrigerator for a week or two – these will be much easier to peel later on.
Step 2: Preparing the Eggs
Once boiled and cooled, you’ll want to peel the eggs under cold water – this helps make peeling easier. Slice the eggs lengthwise and remove the yolks with your fingers or a spoon. Place the yolks in a separate bowl and place the whites cup-up on a plate. Next comes the part where you can really let your creativity shine – preparing the filling!
Step 3: The Perfect Filling
The standard deviled egg filling consists of mixing the egg yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. While this on its own is a delectable treat, you can also have some fun and be more creative with your fillings. For example, some recipes call for a touch of hot sauce and cream cheese for a little kick. To add a slight bite to the eggs, you can add a little vinegar or lemon juice to the mixture. Regardless of your filling’s ingredients, you’ll want to mix them all together until it is smooth. Then, add the filling to a piping bag and pipe it into the egg whites. For a touch of Maryland flavor, sprinkle Old Bay seasoning on top of the eggs! Once the filling and seasonings have been added, chill the eggs in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes prior to serving, then enjoy!
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