Yup, even deviled eggs get their own day. It's November 2nd of each year. Somehow, that seems totally appropriate, coming on the heels of Halloween. So, happy National Deviled Egg Day, Viners! May all your yolks be cooked to perfection.
A few facts about deviled eggs, compliments of punchbowl.com:
- Deviled eggs are also called eggs mimosa.
- While deviled eggs are a favorite in American cooking, they're also a favorite in French cuisine.
- Deviled eggs originated in ancient Rome.
- The term "deviled' originated in the 18th century, when it was first use to refer to dishes that were highly seasoned, fried, or boiled.
- By the 19th century, "deviled" was being used as a general term to connote hot, spicy seasonings.
- While many deviled egg recipes are hot and spicy, they don't have to be. Some are quite mild.
In honor of the occasion, I thought I'd share with you my own deviled egg recipe. Actually, the term "recipe" may be a bit of a stretch, given that my approach to making deviled eggs is about as minimalist as one can get. I'm the only person in my house who eats eggs. And I'm also one of the world's laziest cooks. But I do love deviled eggs. So I've come up with a recipe that takes the least amount of prep time I can imagine. I simply add some Thousand Island dressing (low fat, in my case) and a good crack of black pepper to the mashed yolks, mix well, and stuff the concoction back into the halved whites. Then I add a sprinkling of paprika on top. Not exactly Julia Child, but a quick, yummy, no fuss snack.
For those of you who prefer your deviled eggs prepared with a bit more care and attention - not to mention ingredients - Rachael Ray offered a recipe on her TV show today. Her recipe includes grated onion, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and a several other ingredients, apparently promising a spicy delight. A link to the recipe is included here:
Eggland"s Best website offers a variety of recipes, including Classic Deviled eggs, Deviled Eggs with Horseradish, Salmon Stuffed Eggs, and Coaches Deviled Eggs, which is made with bacon as the feaured ingredient. A link to Eggland's Best site is here:
So, how about you? Are you a fan of deviled eggs? Do you have a favorite recipe or some prep tips to share? I'd love to hear about them. In the meantime, I have a dozen eggs waiting in my 'fridge, and I'd better get cracking.