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Great Deviled Eggs

Great Deviled Eggs

Note: For the best results, use really really good olive oil. I like overstuffing the eggs, which leaves you with a few extra whites. Just eat'em (or feed them to the dog). Older eggs (a couple weeks old) will peel more easily than very fresh eggs.

Great Deviled Eggs

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Yield:makes 16 deviled egg halves
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
This recipe appears in: Pantry Essentials: All About Dijon Mustard Serious Entertaining: Backyard Burger Bash Serious Entertaining: A Grilled Pizza Party Food Lab Lite: My Favorite Deviled Eggs


  • 1 dozen large eggs, not too fresh
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, preferably home made
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • Up to 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (see note)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
  • Crushed red pepper or hot paprika
  • Crunchy sea salt (like Maldon)


  1. 1

    Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with 2 quarts cold water. Place over high heat, bring to a boil, cover, remove from heat, and let stand ten minutes. Drain eggs and peel under cool running water. Slice each egg in half lengthwise.

  2. 2

    Place all of the yolks in the bowl of a food processor. Select 16 of the best looking egg white halves and set aside. Reserve the remaining 8 for another use. Add mayonnaise, mustard, half of vinegar, and hot sauce to food processor and process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

  3. 3

    With machine running, slowly drizzle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season mixture to taste with salt and remaining vinegar (if desired). Transfer to zipper-lock bag. Filling and egg white halves can be stored in the refrigerator up to overnight before filling and serving.

  4. 4

    Cut off corner of zipperlock bag and pipe filling mixture into egg whites, overstuffing each hole. Drizzle with remaining olive oil, sprinkle with black pepper, chives, crushed red pepper, and sea salt. Serve immediately.


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