There are many ways to prepare Deviled Eggs. Mother Connie uses no recipe for this; it’s a matter of adding ingredients and tasting. Here is how we got from well cooked eggs to this group of pretties:
1. Slice each egg lengthwise and gently remove the yolks from the whites. Place the yolks into a shallow bowl and set the whites aside on a plate.
2. Mash the yolks with a fork. Add some prepared mustard. ***Dry mustard powder can be used, if you have that; most households have the prepared type. Using your fork, combine the mustard with the yolks.
3. Drizzle a little vinegar-any type will do-and continue to combine the ingredients, using the fork. You could even use sweet pickle JUICE if you have that on your shelf.
4. *IF you have pickle relish, add some until you like the look and consistency of the mixture. If you do not have pickle relish, no worries.
5. Using a clean spoon, do a “Q.A.” (quality assurance) test. Does it need more mustard? Is it sweet enough? Do you need to add a pinch of salt to make it taste the way you want?
6. Sprinkle a TAD of sugar over the mixture and incorporate all the ingredients. When you are satisfied that it has just the right amount of pizzazz, you are ready to stuff the whites, using the tip of a spoon. *I’ve heard some say they use a melon baller…sounds like a good idea to me!
7. When you arrange these little delights over a bed of lettuce they will be irresistible to your guests; if you take them to a covered dish meal, they will be the stars of the show!
**Variations: You might prefer to use mayo in place of mustard for a milder flavor. You might like to add celery seeds to your mixture. Some people use very finely chopped onion and/or celery. This is all well and good; but Mother Connie is all about saving TIME. It is common to dress up the finished eggs by sprinkling paprika over them. That is IF you have paprika on your spice shelf…
Deviled eggs make a great project for experimentation and kids love to help to make them. By playing with the flavors you will create your own signature combination! YOU might become known for YOUR signature dish!
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