- 12 Eggs
- 4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Paprika, optional
- Bacon, optional
- Smoked Salmon, optional
- Jalapenos, optional
- Sriracha, optional
- Wasabi, optional
- Horseradish, optional
Deviled Eggs are a classic American dish you can serve at get-togethers, barbecues, picnics, family reunions and on holidays. The best part is that, as an hors d’oeuvre, you can add several different ingredients or garnishes to your classic deviled eggs recipe to give it spice, flavor, or flare.
Learning the basic deviled eggs recipe will allow you to make the different variations very easily. Once you have the foundation for the recipe set in stone, you can add your own touch and switch up ingredients, depending on who you are catering to and the type of event you are hosting. From bacon bits to smoked salmon and jalapenos to sriracha garnish, an easy deviled eggs recipe can turn into anything you want.
Step #1: To make them easier to peel, choose eggs that are one week old. Place uncooked eggs in a pot, forming one single layer. Fill the pot with cold water, up to 2 inches above the eggs.
Step #2: Place the pot on a stove top with high heat. Bring the water to a boil and allow to continue boiling for 3 minutes.
Step #3: Remove the pot from the stove and set aside for 15 minutes to complete the cooking and cooling process. You can even add ice and cold water to accelerate the process, but let the eggs sit for at least 10 minutes. Once eggs have cooled down, you can begin peeling.
Step #4: Peel the eggshells and cut the eggs in half, lengthwise. Gently scoop out the yolks and place them in a mixing bowl. Put the egg whites on the serving platter and reserve for later use.
Step #5: Finely mash the egg yolks you placed in the bowl. Gently add in the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper until the mixture is combined and smooth.
Step #6: If you are interested in substituting your own ingredients into the recipe, this would be the time. You can add smoked salmon, shrimp, crab meat, deviled ham, bacon, Worcestershire sauce, wasabi, sriracha, or even replace the mayonnaise base with guacamole to make deviled eggs without mayo.
Step #7: Using a pastry bag or Ziploc bag (with a cut corner), pipe the yolk mixture into the egg white centers, sprinkle with paprika, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Step #8: Finally, you will have another chance to top the deviled eggs recipe. In addition to paprika or in place of it, you can add horseradish, capers, jalapenos, salt and pepper, olives, dried parsley flakes, bacon bits, and anything else you think your guests would enjoy.