Sunday, December 25, 2016

Heidi Swanson's Deviled Eggs

My love for deviled eggs runs deep. So deep, in fact, that several friends and I have a few inside jokes.

The first is my mission to bring the Deviled Egg back as a popular standby for potlucks. I mean why in the world did the deviled egg go out of favor at parties? I will never understand! My guess is that everyone got too busy pinning newfangled appetizers off Pinterest and forgot these three things: deviled eggs are always the first things to go at a party (have you seen the way people run to the deviled egg platter), they are easy, and they are cheap! Why, people? Why? Bring the deviled eggs back. Do yourself, and everyone else, a favor!

So say it with me...what are you gonna bring to the party? 

That's right.  Deviled Eggs!

 Now in regard to the second. Once, at a work potluck, I had some of the worst, and I do mean downright terrible deviled eggs I've ever had in my life. These eggs were so bad, they were quite literally one of the worse things I've ever put in my mouth! Now, it's important for you to know that even though I love to cook, I am by no means a food snob. There have only been like two times in my life where I've spit anything out of my mouth.

So I'm in line at the work potluck and I pick up a deviled egg. It looks status quo, but this person had fooled me, and everyone else, big time. That yolk mixture...well, it was about 95% mustard (and I love mustard), but I just wasn't expecting that and I shoved about half of the egg in my mouth. It tasted like a very bad practical joke and about that time I see other people running for the garbage can. Seems we all felt the same way! So from time to time, when we need a good laugh, we text pictures of deviled eggs to one another.

This experience was all the more reason for me to practice and perfect deviled eggs in my kitchen. I've always been keen to try about every deviled egg recipe I see, so I wanted to tackle Heidi's version for my Christmas dinner.  I was intrigued by her use of Greek yogurt and olive oil in the yolk mixture and found that I did enjoy it, but couldn't help but miss the standard addition of mayo, mustard, and pickle juice. After adding a touch of each I found the mixture to be quite delicious - nearly perfect, and ultimately cream, if I do say so myself! 

Heidi garnishes her eggs with dill, chives, and chervil, but I can never find chervil so I just stuck with the chives and the dill.  Chives and dill are the ultimate complement to eggs and go a long way in making the platter beautiful. I hesitated to put sliced almonds on my deviled eggs, but was pleasantly surprised as I loved the added crunch and texture. Overall I think the sliced almonds would be a fun addition that most people would enjoy, giving that you served them straight away so the texture was preserved. An overall great recipe!


Deviled Eggs
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
Serves about 12

1 dozen eggs
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbsp. mayo, as desired*
1 tbsp. mustard, as desired*
1 tsp. pickle juice, if desired*
1 teaspoon extra virgin oil
salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons chervil*
1 tablespoon chopped dill
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Notes: I couldn't find fresh chervil so I left it out.

Place the eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by half an inch or so.  Bring to a gentle boil, then turn off the heat and cover.  Let the pot sit for ten minutes.  In the meantime, prepare a large bowl of ice water. When the eggs are done cooking, use a slotted spoon to place them into the ice bath. When the eggs are cool, remove them and crack and peel.

Cut each egg in half and use a spoon to carefully scoop the yolks into a bowl. Set the empty white aside. Mash and fluff the yolks with a fork. Add the Greek yogurt, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Continue to mix and mash until the yolk mixture is as smooth and creamy as possible. This takes a bit of time, but the result is worth it- the yolks become creamy, light and airy. (*My yolk mixture was a little too thick and when I tasted the filling I found it was a bit too tangy from the yogurt, so I opted to add some mayo, mustard, and pickle juice to loosen things up.  I added about a heaping tablespoon of mayo and mustard  and a teaspoon or so of pickle juice, to taste. Be sure to taste your yolk mixture and tweak it if need be).

Add the and chives, chervil*, and dill to the creamed yolks, reserving a bit of each for the garnish.  Mix well to incorporate. Fill the whites with the yolk mixture, using a spoon of piping bag. Garnish each egg with the reserved herbs, almonds, and a drizzle of olive oil if desired.

Simply Entertaining w/ Heidi Swanson @ IHCC


  1. Seems that I am the only one in the world who takes no deviled eggs from thw buffet 😉, but yours look very delicious. Perhaps I should give this recipe a try

  2. I was just never really exposed to deviled eggs growing up but...I LOVE THEM IN ADULTHOOD. Of course Heidi would have an excellent version. Of course.


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