No one in their right mind can resist a platter of deviled eggs. The classic version employs mayonnaise, mustard, and hot sauce for a tangy yolk filling, but when you've got dozens of Easter eggs to play with, you should definitely take the opportunity to experiment with seasonings.
Your basic strategy for each of these deviled egg recipes is the same: Halve 6 hard boiled eggs, carefully scoop the yolk out into a bowl, and then proceed with flavorings. Pipe or spoon mixture back into egg white halves and serve.
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Classic deviled eggs
Mash the yolks with ¼ cup mayonnaise, ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard, and 2 dashes hot sauce until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with paprika and thinly sliced chives
Smoked salmon and dill deviled eggs
Combine the yolks with 4 ounces finely diced cold smoked salmon, ¼ cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons diced shallot, 2 tablespoons chopped dill, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and a few grinds black pepper. Top with chopped capers and more chopped dill.
Hummus deviled eggs
Mash the yolks with 2 tablespoons hummus and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise until smooth, adding 1-2 teaspoon water, if needed. Top with chopped kalamata olives, a sprinkle of smoked paprika, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Bacon and smoked paprika deviled eggs
Mash the yolks with ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 slice cooked and very finely chopped bacon, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, and ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard until smooth. Set chopped cooked bacon pieces on top and sprinkle with more smoked paprika, if desired.
Avocado deviled eggs
Mash the yolks with ½ an avocado, ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with lemon zest or a parsley leaf, if desired.
Pesto deviled Eggs
Mash the yolks with 2 tablespoon prepared pesto, and 1-2 teaspoons olive oil and stir until smooth. Top each with a shaving of parmesan cheese.
Curry raisin deviled eggs
Mash yolks with 2 teaspoons curry powder, ¼ cup mayonnaise, and 2 tablespoons chopped golden raisins and stir until smooth. Top each with a cilantro leaf.
Sun-dried tomato deviled eggs
Mash the yolks with ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon chopped oil-packed sundried tomatoes, and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley and stir until combined. Garnish with a few pine nuts or sliced almonds.