Deviled Eggs Square

One of the many cultural differences between my husband and me is the way we celebrate Easter. I will give props to my Mexican family though, they’re much less commercialized.

When my son was born I was so excited for his first Easter. I was shopping for Easter presents, coloring eggs, and all the while my husband was scratching his head. It hadn’t occurred to me that he didn’t know anything about the Easter Bunny. When he asked what this was all about, I nonchalantly explained the obvious. Before Easter, kids decorate eggs and the Easter Bunny comes in the night and hides them, leaving the kids a present after they find the hidden eggs. 

I could tell by the look on his face that he was thinking I was just as crazy as any Mexican superstition I have deemed ludicrous. 

So he pulled my ‘logically-thinking question’ on me. The same one I ask him when he throws out a ridiculous superstition that makes absolutely no sense. He said, “So tell me, what does a rabbit who magically lays brightly-colored eggs, hides them, and leaves a present behind, have to do with Easter?” 

Touche. 

I have no explanation.

But I don’t care because I love Easter!

Easter eggs1I was one of those weird kids that could eat hard boiled eggs all day, every day. I always looked forward to Easter because it meant LOTS OF EGGS! I would just sprinkle them with salt and devour. Sometimes though, the yolks were a little strong and I’d end up only eating the whites. 

My favorite way to eat hard boiled eggs, waste-free, is deviled eggs. For every single Easter, family reunion, or picnic at the park, I swear we had deviled eggs. My mom’s are the best because…everyone thinks their mom’s are the best. But for real, most people love my mom’s deviled eggs. Even my husband, who can’t stand mustard, likes my mom’s deviled eggs.

So when your kids fail to find all those hidden eggs, instead of letting the lost ones rot out in the yard, try real hard to remember where you put them and make these. You won’t regret it. Pinky promise.

Oh by the way, I totally found the fail-proof method for peeling hard boiled eggs. Believe me when I say I have tried a whole lot of “fail-proof” methods that have turned out to be more “fail-prone”. But trust me, this is the only method I’m willing to stand behind. So when you’re decorating your Easter eggs, cook them this way and then when you’re ready to make the deviled eggs, peel them like this. Then call and thank me. 

Mom's Deviled Eggs
Yields 24
An easy and delicious way to use up your Easter eggs.
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Ingredients
  1. 12-14 eggs
  2. 3/4 cup miracle whip
  3. 2 1/2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  4. 1 Tbsp. minced onion
  5. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  6. 1/4 tsp. seasoning salt
  7. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  8. paprika for garnish
For the eggs
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and add eggs once it's boiling. Return to a boil and lower to a simmer for 13 minutes.
  2. Add eggs to an ice bath.
  3. Decorate as usual.
  4. To peel, place 2-3 eggs in a mason jar with the lid on and shake several times. Peels should almost fall off themselves. If not, add a tablespoon of water to the jar.
For the filling
  1. Cut eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks to a medium bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the yolks and mix with a fork. Continue to mix until mixture is creamy. An immersion blender helps enormously with this step.
  3. Transfer mixture to a small, plastic baggy and cut a small hole in one corner. Use the bag to pipe the mixture into the holes in the egg halves.
  4. Sprinkle with paprika.
Notes
  1. Whenever I'm making hard boiled eggs, I always add an extra egg or two in case some of them fall apart or break during the cooking process. This recipe is intended for a dozen eggs which is why I would start with 14.
  2. Feel free to adjust measurements for the filling. Depending on how creamy you want it, how much garlic and onion you can handle, etc.
  3. I used dijon mustard for these but my mom uses regular mustard. Whichever strikes your fancy works great.
Adapted from Kerrie Jensen
Adapted from Kerrie Jensen
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