True life, I don’t like eggs, and I really don’t like hard-boiled eggs. It’s a texture thing, and the overwhelming smell is just…not enough to negate the idea of a cheap+sustainable+healthy protein. BUT, because everyone else likes eggs, and I know how good they are for us, I really want to like them. So, imagine my sadclown surprise when my magazine editor assigned me deviled eggs for our July feature. It was surprising because mainly I choose my own topics, but I’m always asking for direction because I’m eager to please and insecure.
So, the irony of being told to write one recipe in over a year (and I supply 1-3 recipes per month) and have it be an egg recipe was not lost on me. I probably deserved it. It turned out to be a fun challenge, though, and I have a fun trick to offset the mealy texture of boiled egg yolks, something I find particularly not awesome. We make the entire filling in a food processor which is 1. easy and 2. produces a filling that is creamy, not mealy, and delicious. The rest of the ingredients are things you’d find in deviled eggs or egg salad, with lots of spices for flavor and some juice from the pickle jar for flavor. Flavor wins.
Eggs come first! They need to be hard boiled and peeled. To do that, place the eggs in a pot covered with cold water. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil for one minute, then turn the heat off, let the eggs sit in the hot water for 15 minutes, then drain cool, and peel them.
Once the eggs are peeled, cut them in half and scoop out the yolks for the deviled egg filling. The filling also uses mayo, sour cream, ground mustard, hot paprika, onion, and sweet AND dill relish. You can use just one, but the combination is delicious.
Throw all of the filling ingredients in the food processor.
Then blend the filling until it’s super creamy, almost like chocolate mousse. Taste it, and add more of the relish, pickle juice, or salt. Anything you think it needs!
Now, to fill these I put all of the filling into a baggie and cut off the tip, then pipe the filling into the egg halves. You can also just spoon the filling into the eggs; whatever you prefer. I top the deviled eggs with fresh dill, extra pickles, and smoked paprika for flavor and texture.
Summer! Potluck! Nostalgia!
These are of course perfect for anytime of year because…they’re eggs…but they’re so much fun for a gathering this time of year with grilled foods and tons of other side dishes.
You can make these in advance too; just keep the filling and egg whites separate and assemble them on the day you’d like to serve.
Perfect deviled eggs with a few tips and tricks to make these exceptionally beautiful!
- 12 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like things spicy!)
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1-inch piece onion, peeled
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons pickle juice from dill pickles
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- Garnish: chopped pickles, fresh dill, smoked paprika
- Boil the eggs: place eggs in a pot and cover with cold water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for one minute, then turn the heat off and let sit for 15 minutes in the hot water.
- Drain the eggs and let cool to the touch, then peel.
- Cut the eggs in half and gently remove the yolks.
- In a food processor, combine the egg yolks and remaining ingredients (except garnishes) until smooth and mousse-like. Taste, and add more salt or pickle juice to your preference.
- Spoon or pipe the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Garnish as desired and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.