6 Ways To Make Your Deviled Eggs Devilishly Delicious
Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer, which means they’re also predictable. While you can use the standard recipe for your next party, consider adding a special touch to get your friends asking about the recipe. Whether you’re a culinary academy student or just a fan of good eggs, check out these ways to put a twist on a favorite:
1. Load it up
Loaded baked potatoes are a comforting and satisfying dish that you can translate into a unique deviled eggs recipe – at least, that’s what The Pioneer Woman did. Just think about the components, including chives, bacon and cheese. Cut the bacon into bite-sized pieces that fit on top of your eggs. You can use whatever cheese you prefer. For something with a kick, go for blue cheese. For a simple approach that mirrors loaded baked potatoes, try sharp cheddar. The best part of this recipe is that it swaps the carbs of potatoes for protein found in eggs – that makes it healthy, right?
2. Lox of flavor
Another spin on a favorite recipe, this approach introduces capers and smoked salmon to the party. Top your classic deviled eggs with these additions or impart flavor to the yolks by adding cream cheese. This extra step will really tie in your bagels and lox inspiration and balance the briny taste of the capers.
3. Martini madness
Deviled egg recipes typically include vinegar, but you can swap that out for something with a similar taste: olive brine. Of course, some salty olive juice isn’t that exciting on its own. But what if you mixed that with vodka and vermouth? Now you have a martini! The spirits and olive brine should be mashed with your yolks and spooned into your whites for a snack that’s both appetizer and cocktail. Garnish with an olive slice to really take it home.
4. Caesar eggs
If you love the Parmesan cheese in Caesar salad, you’ll love deviled eggs that feature the ingredient. Add chopped parsley and romaine, garlic, lemon zest and juice, anchovies and Parmesan cheese to your classic deviled eggs recipe. You’ll get a bite that’s packed with salad flavor – only, you can eat it with your hands. Garnish with chopped parsley and Parmesan flakes, or bake a cheese crisp for visual impact.
Health-conscious cooks can swap mayonnaise for avocado in their deviled eggs. Or, simply cut back on the mayo if you still want some of that rich flavor. Avocado is full of healthy fats and offers the creamy texture traditional deviled eggs need. What’s more, this option will appeal to vegetarian diners. For a something extra (though its certainly not healthy), garnish your eggs with pieces of crispy bacon.
6. Kick it up
The spice fans in your life will appreciate deviled eggs with a kick. How you get the heat, however, is up to you. You can add hot sauce to your yolks, top the eggs with jalapeno or infuse the snack with horseradish – it all depends on how much and what kind of heat you want. Choose other ingredients that complement your spicy element; for instance, cilantro pairs well with jalapeno.