Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
1 dozen large eggs, hard-cooked and peeled
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 to 4 Tbsp. pickled sliced jalapeño peppers, minced
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro
How to Make It
Cut eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks; stir in mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients. Spoon or pipe egg yolk mixture into egg halves. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. Garnish, if desired.
The fresher the eggs, the more difficult they can be to peel. For ease of peeling, buy and refrigerate your eggs 7 to 10 days before using.
Just made a half recipe to try. Best devilled eggs I've ever had. Did not have cilantro, Garnished with sweet paprika. Used1 1-1/2 T chopped pickled jalapenos and 1 tsp of the juice. Everything else as per recipe.
Great recipe - looking forward to making after cold smoking the whites with mesquite.'
Fresh eggs have a slightly acid environment, it makes the shell tougher As the egg matures (close to hatching time) it changes to a more alkaline environment which weakens the shell making it easier for the chicken to hatch. When fresh eggs are boiled it cause the membrane to act like a glue between the shell and the white part. With older eggs that is less likely to happen.
Solution to hard boiling fresh eggs: Soak in water at room temp for about an hour with a couple tablespoons of baking soda then bring to a boil, cut off the heat, and let set covered for about 15 minutes. Cool to handling temp under cool water then remove the shells. I suggest that you not use ice or ice water - the shell will contract and be more difficult to remove. The baking soda accelerates the acid to alkaline change and weakens the bonding power of the membrane and the shell.
I like traditional deviled eggs, but wanted to make something a little bit more interesting for a Christmas party. These are delicious! I don't normally like spicy things, but I ended up adding 4 tsp of jalepeno and the about a tsp or two of juice from the jar. This is a great recipe!