Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What are Deviled Eggs?

"Deviled Eggs" are very popular in the USA and actually around the world too.  What are they and where did they begin?

A "Deviled Egg" is a hard boiled egg that has been cut in half (lengthwise mostly) and filled with a mixture usually containing the egg yolk combined with other ingredients.  Mayonnaise and mustard are the two most common ingredients used.  But the filling possibilities are unlimited because of everyone's varied pallet.

The origin of "Deviled Eggs" can be traced back  to Roman times.  You can find reference to them in the early AD.  Over the years they have been called many names (depends on the country you are in).  In the UK they are called "Devilled Eggs" for example.

In some parts of the South and Midwest in the USA, they are referred to as "Stuffed Eggs", "Salad Eggs", "Dressed Eggs" or even "Angel Eggs."  This is mostly to do with them being served at church functions.  The word "Deviled" doesn't go over so well in these settings.

The name "Deviled Eggs" referred to the dish being spicy.  Mostly because of the use of mustard and pepper as ingredients in the mixture.  They don't have to be spicy but most recipes have some ingredient in them to give it a little kick.

I have two recipes this week for "Deviled Eggs" that are not your traditional types.  The first is "Green (Avocado) Deviled Eggs" and is along the line of guacamole for a filling.  That's tomorrow and then on Thursday, I have "Pimento & Olive Deviled Eggs" for you to try.

Both recipes tells you how to boil eggs for the best results.  Now there are many different recipes out there for making hard boiled eggs.  I believe they all work but I like the one I use best.  The yolks of these boiled eggs will last 4 to 5 days before starting to turn green on the edges.  These is nothing wrong with them when this happens but it is best to use them when they are their freshest.

It also makes it easier to peel hard boiled eggs if you boil older eggs.  The fresh ones are a little harder to peel.  Try and buy them about a week before you are going to boil them.

Enjoy trying these two "Deviled Eggs" recipes and "Happy Cooking" until next week.

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