Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Deviled Eggs

One of my most prized possessions is Mama's Cut Glass Deviled Egg Dish.  I can't count how many holiday dinners and meals at Birds Creek Baptist Church this dish has seen but I absolutely treasure it!  It rides in my lap and is never left for someone else to wash and return.  It comes home with ME! 
I fill it at least three or four times a year with eggs made exactly the way she did.  Oddly enough, this is the ONLY thing that I ever made as a teenager.  Even I couldn't mess this up and I couldn't make macaroni and cheese without the box and a chemistry set until I was 25!

1 dozen eggs
4 -5 large Tablespoons Miracle Whip
3 teaspoons yellow mustard
3 Tablespoons sweet relish
Paprika or Parsley to garnish
1 quart zip top baggie

Boil on dozen eggs at a hard boil for 12 - 15 minutes.  The minute you remove them from the stove, start a cold water bath over the eggs and drain that hot water off zip the bag closed and remove as much air as possible.  Smash the yolks into a fine powdery texture. 

Add mayo, mustard and relish.  Zip the bag again and mix completely (just smush it back and forth in your hands until it is completely mixed).  It should be nice and golden and creamy.  If it's too dry, add more mayo two parts to the mustard.

Snip the very tip of a corner of the baggie (farthest corner from the zip top).  Use this like a pastry bag and squeeze the filling into your hollowed eggs on your serving tray.  If you want to get all fancy, use a actual pastry bag with a pretty tip to get a ruffled edge.  I just go simple and no one has EVER left one of these uneaten on the plate!  If you use a baggie, you just toss it away when you finish and there is NO cleanup! 

Garnish eggs with a light sprinkling of paprika or parsley or alternate eggs at Christmas or a red and green garnish platter but do NOT mix them both together. Garnish is one or the other!  The males in our family rave about these eggs and I love to spoil them!  If you do something fancy like adding crab meat or what not....WHY would you do that?  Deviled Eggs are meant to be simple and that is just fine with me!

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