Don't let the name scare you ;) I make these often, usually starting around Easter and all through summer. The first batch came out last week, and the family was asking for more! It just seems like they fit so well with grilled food and summer fare. They're not hard to make. Be sure to read through the recipe for Deviled Eggs and see the fun idea from we used at Serenity Shelter last night.
Deviled Eggs (To make 24 pcs)
12 hard cooked eggs (see my method below)
1/2 c. mayo (I like to use light)
1 t. onion powder
1 t. dijon mustard (honestly, I add more than this)
1/8 t. pepper, salt, and ground red pepper (each)
- I boil the eggs this way: Put eggs into a pan of room temp water, covered with water.
- Bring the water to a rolling boil and then set the timer for 5 minutes.
- Boil on a full boil for 5 minutes, then turn off the water and let them sit in the hot water for 13 minutes.
- Pour off the hot water and cover with cold water to stop the cooking. Let them completely cool.
- When you start to peel an egg, start with the "seat" of the egg (the widest end), and gently tap to crack the sides. Run a little cold water over it to help with the peeling and then carefully pat dry.
- Slice eggs in half lengthwise and scoop out the yolk.
- Mash the yolk with the mayo, mustard, and spices.
- Spoon the mixture into a ziploc style bag and snip off the end (faster than getting out the fancy stuff)
- Pipe cream into each egg half.
- Use paprika on top by TAPPING, not shaking (this really is key) a little paprika over each egg.
- Voila! Chill them until you're ready to eat. Beautiful and ready to be loved. :)
Chocolate Spring Nests
Last night I went to the Serenity Shelter for women, and among other things, we had fun making these simple, fun, and yummy Easter treats. All you need is chocolate (white or dark), stick pretzels, peeps, and egg shaped jelly beans or m&ms.
Break the pretzels in half, mix well with chocolate and form a small "nest" on waxed paper. Clean your fingers before you touch your peep. :) Place a peep in the center, along with a few "eggs." You can also drizzle a little white chocolate around the nest, but we did think that looked a little like ..... well, too realistic. ;) Place the nest in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes, and peel back the wax paper. SO CUTE!
This would make a cute decoration for the table or small gift. Kids would really enjoy it. This is not original with me. I saw it somewhere in the past month and can't remember where. I want to say the Family Fun magazine ....
Spring is a great time to pull out some distinctively "springy" recipes. And how about Easter dinner? Hot cross buns at my house. :)
Happy Tasty Tuesday!