Deviled eggs 3 ways will liven up any Fourth of July spread

Sandy Oliver | BDN
Sandy Oliver | BDN
Fancy deviled eggs can liven up an Independence Day spread.
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With only a few moments more effort, you can fancy up deviled eggs to create a pretty platter and vary the flavors.
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Fourth of July is a terrific holiday for the grillers among us. You could make yourself entirely satisfied with only the delicious items that spent time over flame or charcoal, but some of us are going to look around for few side dishes, too.

What’s better than a few deviled eggs?

Hard boiled eggs are great picnic food. They are cooked in the shell and can be transported in their shells. Just peel them, sprinkle salt and send them down the hatch.

You’ll be richly rewarded though if you take a little more time to turn hard boiled eggs into deviled eggs. I seldom ever, maybe never, have seen any languishing on a plate at the end of potlucks or parties where they were served.

With only a few moments more effort, you can fancy up deviled eggs to create a pretty platter and vary the flavors. Here are three variations, but they needn’t be the only ones. I’ve seen deviled eggs enhanced with chicken liver mousse, bacon, feta cheese, caviar and more. Let your imagination run a bit. Sometimes a dab of garnish will change the character of a deviled egg. Add a bit of tapenade, hot pepper paste, or a bit of herb pesto, basil or cilantro — all would do the trick.

Sandy Oliver | BDN
Sandy Oliver | BDN
Fancy deviled eggs can liven up an Independence Day spread.

The easiest thing to do is pick one variation and do all your eggs that way. It’s also easy to divide the yolk and mayonnaise mixture into thirds and add different seasonings to each portion. Add the seasonings to taste, and more mayonnaise if needed to keep the texture moist and smooth. Stuff the eggs and garnish, or not, to taste.

I garnished one with strips of smoked salmon, which I love. Slivers of thinly sliced ham or prosciutto would work beautifully, too.

The non-recipes which follow are meant to be a guideline for each of the variations. It works for as many eggs as you want to use and calls for you to cook to taste. Add the suggested seasoning a little at a time and taste, adjusting until it is just right.

A fancy deviled egg is really such an easy way to live it up.

Herby Deviled Eggs

Yield varies

Boiled eggs, halved and yolks removed

Mayonnaise

Crumbled dried or finely chopped fresh dill leaves

Fresh chives, finely chopped

Fresh parsley, finely chopped

Dash of garlic powder

Salt and pepper

1. Mash the yolks and mix in enough mayonnaise to get a smooth consistency.

2. Mix in the herbs, and add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Spoon or pipe the mixer into the cavity of the egg whites.

4. Garnish with a sprig of dill or parsley.

Curried Deviled Eggs

Yield varies

Boiled eggs, halved and yolks removed

Mayonnaise

Curry powder

Salt and pepper

Chutney

1. Mash the yolks and mix in enough mayonnaise to get a smooth consistency.

2. Sprinkle a little curry powder on the mashed yolks, mix well, taste and add more to taste if needed.

3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Spoon or pipe the mixer into the cavity of the egg whites.

5. Garnish with a tiny dab of chutney.

Smoked Paprika Deviled Eggs

Yield varies

Boiled eggs, halved and yolks removed

Mayonnaise

Smoked paprika powder

Salt and pepper

Slivers of smoked salmon, prosciutto or ham

1. Mash the yolks and mix in enough mayonnaise to get a smooth consistency.

2. Sprinkle a little smoked paprika powder on the mashed yolks, mix well, taste and add more to taste if needed.

3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Spoon or pipe the mixer into the cavity of the egg whites.

5. Garnish with slivers of smoked salmon, prosciutto or ham.

 



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