Deviled eggs are a classic spring and summer appetizer. We couldn't think of a better way to kick off spring than to feature a few of our favorite variations. Whether you serve them at an Easter brunch, a Memorial Day barbecue, or a simple weekend family gathering, these deviled egg recipes are sure to be a hit.
Deviled Eggs: Where Did They Come From, and Why Are They "Deviled"?
Although deviled eggs are practically synonymous with Southern cooking, they began in ancient Rome. Boiled, seasoned, and stuffed eggs became popular throughout Europe by the 15th century. Recipes for stuffed eggs appeared in American cookbooks starting in the 1800's.
While "deviled" came to mean spicy in the culinary world, "stuffed" was often used to describe these eggs instead. Because people often served deviled eggs at church events, they preferred to avoid demonic references.
Another curiosity regarding deviled eggs is the belated use of mayonnaise in the filling. It wasn't until after World War II that the now-traditional ingredients of mayonnaise, mustard, and paprika became common.
This recipe from The Kitchn shows how to make traditional deviled eggs, step by step. So simple, but they will fly off the serving platter. If you feel like changing up this classic, check out these variations we found.
Deviled Egg Recipes: Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
Start with this recipe from Biscuits and Burlap, with small tweaks that pack big taste. The basic recipe is quite similar to traditional deviled eggs, but it includes minced pickled jalapeños to give it a kick. Then crumble crispy bacon over the top and sprinkle with paprika and fresh cilantro. If you really want to "devil" these eggs, try using fresh jalapeños.
Deviled Egg Recipes: Guacamole Deviled Eggs
For the perfect mash-up (pun intended) of guacamole and deviled eggs, try this recipe from Natasha's Kitchen. It includes the egg yolks, along with avocado, lime juice, garlic, onion powder, and cilantro. Sprinkle with paprika for color, or we might try adding some minced red onion to the filling. What a great way to enjoy guacamole on a vehicle that's more nutritious than tortilla chips.
Deviled Egg Recipes: Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs
You'll have to plan ahead when making this recipe from The Kitchn, but it's perfect for Easter. Beet juice gives the egg whites a gorgeous, vibrant pink color. The pickling brine also includes apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and pink peppercorns. The filling is similar to traditional deviled eggs, with a dash of curry powder for a slightly altered flavor profile. If you've never tried beet-pickled eggs, give this recipe a whirl.
Deviled Egg Recipes: Soy Sauce Deviled Eggs
Perhaps you like the idea of marinating your boiled eggs before deviling them, but beets aren't your favorite. Try this recipe from Joanne Chang on Food Gal instead, especially if you love Asian-inspired flavors. These amazing deviled eggs require careful timing for the marinade, so plan ahead. Ingredients like star anise, wasabi paste, and Chinese five-spice powder may require a trip to an Asian grocery unless they're already staples in your kitchen. The results are impressive and would make a fantastic addition to a spread of fancy appetizers.