Recipe of the Week, March 31: Deviled Eggs
The origin of deviled eggs can't be pinned down to any one specific person, date or place. It is a culinary amalgamation of history and taste. The actual concept of deviled eggs begins with Ancient Rome. Spicy stuffed eggs were known in 13th century Andalusia. The name is an 18th century invention.
According to many historic cookbooks, the practice of boiling eggs, removing the yolks, combining the yolks with spices (such as mustard and cayenne pepper) and then refilling the shells with that mixture was common by the end of the 16th century and was the "norm" by the 17th century.
The word “deviled” first appeared in print in 1786 and was used to describe highly seasoned fried or boiled dishes. By the 1800's, the term "deviled" evolved and was often used as a culinary term to describe fiery hot spiced dishes or condiments. The use of the word was presumably adopted due to the symbolism of the devil and the excessive heat of, well, you know where. In the 19th century, the word deviled continued to be used to describe hot seasonings, more specifically cayenne or mustard, and again brought with it the connotation of that "hot spot down under"—something hot and spicy.
The term is deviled is used to describe eggs, crab, cakes, and many other dishes.
This recipe is so cute for Easter:
Easter Deviled Eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp vinegar
salt and pepper
Place eggs in a large pot of cold water and bring to boil. Once the water has reached boiling point, remove from heat and cover the pot. Let sit for 30 minutes. Place eggs in ice water for 10 minutes. Remove shells. Cut eggs in half and scoop cooked yolks into a bowl. Add mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix until smooth. Place yolk mixture into the cooked egg whites. If you want you can place the mixture in a ziploc bag and cut a hole in the corner. Then squeeze it onto the egg whites.
To decorate as chicks, use slices of baby carrots as feet. Cut triangular pieces of carrots for beaks. Cut tiny pieces of raisins for eyes.
Do you make Deviled eggs for Easter?