Deviled Eggs, Appetizer of the Ages

Delicious deviled eggs photo from Wikipedia.

According to the TV show “The Secret Life of…” deviled eggs date back to Ancient Rome. How cool is that?

Called by various names throughout the world, this appetizer is simply hard-boiled eggs, peeled, and cut in half lengthwise. The yolk is removed, mixed with other ingredients, and then stuffed back into the egg whites.

There are all sorts of add-ins to make these eggs unique for special occasions like salsa and cheddar cheese for Tex-Mex barbeque or chopped shrimp for a bridal shower. The most common way of serving them in the United States is with a little mayonnaise and mustard.

Though easy to make, one of the most common errors I’ve come across is when people add too much mayonnaise making the texture more like a pasty mush and the yolk flavor disappears into a mouthful of goo-maise. (It is not pleasant.)

Here is my recipe for basic deviled eggs from The ABCs of Appetizers (now available in on Kindle).

Deviled Eggs

  • 12 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chilled
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons well-drained pickle relish
  • paprika for garnish

Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and set whites aside. Mash egg yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Stir in green onions and pickle relish. Spoon mixture into egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Refrigerate until serving time. Makes 24 appetizers.

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  1. Deviled eggs are great and now I’m craving some. Sometimes when I go to a restaurant I’ll just order appetizers for my meal. Some favorirtes are stuffed mushrooms, rumaki, fried cheese or zuchinni–so many to choose from.

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    1. Stuffed mushrooms are in my top 10 suppertime.

  2. Hi Holly – I love those too – they’re delicious .. and great to have included them in your ABCs of Appetizers. I love stuffed button mushrooms – with pate, or herb cheese – very simple and tasty … Cheers – now you’ve made me hungry! Hilary

    1. Looks like mushrooms are in the lead so far.

  3. I love deviled eggs. I put an olive on top of each one.

    1. The olive would add a nice bit of color.

  4. Think I might try these since I need to up my protein intake .

    1. Hi Rek. Yes, this is a tasty way to up protein and it doesn’t take that much work.

  5. I love this! I never thought to use relish.

  6. Mmmm, those were always my favorite on Easter when I was a kid.

  7. I adore deviled eggs! They are the quintessential 1950s type appetizer, as far as I’m concerned. People don’t serve them enough anymore. And I’ve always loved the special trays for holding them too! Very retro chic. Makes me feel all nostalgic when someone does serve some up, properly displayed.

    1. I think they are making a come back.

  8. LOVE deviled eggs! We usually mix in a bit of sugar with ours

  9. Yep. They’re the greatest! I use soy mayo in the yolks.

    1. I didn’t know they made soy mayo. That’s is great to know. I’m going to keep an eye out for it.

  10. I just read a short story by Alice Munro featuring deviled eggs. : ) Not sure if I’ve ever tried one… I must have at some point.

    1. My mouth just dropped open. 😉

  11. I haven’t had a deviled egg in years…

  12. I always don’t have an appetizer and may have an apperitif instead (preferably something alcoholic, ahem, while I wait for my main meal…) but I may change my mind with these eggs!!!! How yum!! Thank you! Take care
    x

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