Deviled eggs, often referred to as stuffed eggs, Russian eggs, curried eggs, or dressed eggs, are a classic dish made from hard-boiled eggs. The preparation involves peeling the eggs, slicing them in half, and then filling them with a creamy mixture created by blending the egg yolks with various ingredients like mayonnaise and mustard.
Origins and traditions
Deviled eggs can be traced back to ancient Rome, where they had a similar dish called “Isicia Omentata.” These boiled eggs were seasoned with various spices and then typically served with wine.
The term “deviled” in the context of food first appeared in the 18th century in England, and it was used to describe highly seasoned or spicy dishes. The concept of deviled eggs as we know them today likely evolved in the United States during the mid-20th century.
There are counterparts to deviled eggs in various cuisines around the world. For example, “huevos rellenos” in Spanish cuisine, “mimosa eggs” in French cuisine, and “stuffed eggs” in British cuisine are all variations of the deviled egg concept.
Deviled eggs are not specifically associated with the fall season, yet they are often found at fall gatherings and holiday feasts because they are easy to prepare in large quantities. This makes them a popular choice for Thanksgiving and the many December festivities, and, of course, football tailgates.
While the classic deviled egg filling typically includes mayonnaise, mustard, and spices, many creative variations exist. Some people add ingredients like pickle relish, hot sauce, horseradish or herbs to customize the flavor. Additionally, you can add seasonal touches by garnishing them with herbs or spices that are commonly used in fall cooking, such as thyme, sage, or smoked paprika, to give them a subtle autumn twist. Experimenting with different fillings can lead to unique and delicious results.
This mouthwatering recipe from Cherry Republic is sure to please any crowd with its cherry twang. It centers around two signature ingredients – Great Hall Smooth Cherry Mustard and Cherry BBQ Spice Rub.
Deviled eggs offer several health benefits as part of a balanced diet. They are a valuable source of high-quality protein, essential for muscle repair and immune function, while also providing vital vitamins and minerals like B12, D, riboflavin, and selenium.
However, be mindful as deviled eggs can be calorie-dense and high in saturated fat and dietary cholesterol. To maximize the benefits and minimize potential drawbacks, consider using or looking for ingredients like yogurt-based dressings, whole-grain mustard, and low-sodium spices. These modifications can help you enjoy deviled eggs as a nutritious addition to your diet.
Whether you’re in the mood for a night out on the town or a cozy evening at home, there are dining choices available to cater to everyone, from food enthusiasts to those who prefer Netflix and chill.
Blue Llama Jazz Club ~ 3 for $12.00
Their crispy deviled eggs boast lemon aioli, goat cheese and chili.
314 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor.
Busch’s Fresh Food Market ~ 6 for $3.99
Definitely the best bang for the buck, this basic option is sure to be a filling crowd pleaser.
Various locations throughout southeast Michigan.
Raven’s Club ~ 5 for $8.00
The chef rotates the specific selection, so come back often to try them all.
207 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor.
Mash ~ 4 for $12.00
This unique deviled egg flight features Cajun shrimp, fried Tasso ham, pickled onions, and pimento cheese with pickled Fresno peppers and is only available Thursday – Saturday.
400 North River Street, Ypsilanti.
Whole Foods ~ 12 for $9.99
This classic crowd favorite is made with a traditional creamy base and just enough Dijon mustard to brighten things up.
3135 Washtenaw Avenue or 990 West Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor.
Zingerman’s Catering ~ 12 for $24.00
Stick with more of a traditional recipe or jazz it up a bit with pesto, Spanish paprika or beet options.