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Deviled Eggs Recipe: Making deviled eggs gives you a chance to experiment with cooking methods and seasonings. Experiment with methods for hard cooking an egg in your own kitchen. And rely on your own good taste to get the seasoning just the way you like it. This recipe offers suggestions, but the choice is up to you.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes

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What Do I Need? .
4 eggs Did You Know?
In a biography published in 1791, James Boswell referred to partaking of a dish of “devilled bones” for supper. This may be the earliest published use of the word “devil” as a cooking term meaning “to cook something with hot spices or condiments.” Food historians guess that the term was adopted because of the connection between the devil and the excessive heat in Hell.
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, or sour cream, or salad dressing, or milk, or cream
1 or more of the following: mustard (prepared or dry), catsup, cayenne, curry, hot pepper sauce, or Worcestershire sauce 
a saucepan big enough to fit all your eggs in a single layer
 a cover that fits the saucepan
• a stove or hotplate
• a fork
• a bowl big enough to hold the egg yolks
What Do I Do?


1. Hard cook your eggs using the following method. First, place the eggs in a saucepan. Add enough water so that there is an inch of water covering the eggs. Heat the water until it's just about to boil, then take the pot off the heat and cover it. Let the eggs sit in the hot water for 25 minutes, then plunge them in ice water.

Why don’t I just let the eggs boil?
What happens when egg white cooks?
How can I stop the yolk from turning green?
Some people make a pinhole in an egg before they cook it. Why?

Even a task as simple as hard cooking an egg involves making many choices.


2. Peel the shells off the eggs, then cut each egg in half lengthwise.

Why are eggs sometimes hard to peel?


3. Pop the yolks out of the halves and put the yolks in the bowl. Smash them with a fork and moisten them with about a tablespoon of ONE of the following:

sour cream
salad dressing

4. To make them spicy and devilish, mix in one or more of the following:

mustard (prepared or dry)
cayenne, curry, or hot pepper sauce
Worcestershire sauce

5. Taste the yolks and see if you like them. You may want to add:

a touch of something sour, such as lemon juice or vinegar or pickle juice
chopped parsley
chopped chives
grated cheese

6. Experiment to find a combination of seasonings that you like. Then heap the seasoned yolks into the white halves. Sprinkle the yolks with a dash of paprika. Garnish the eggs with a sprig of parsley, and serve them very cold.

What Else Can I Try? .
  • We asked Exploratorium staff members how to boil an egg—and received as many different answers as there were people answering.

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