Deviled Eggs

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Preparation time
30 mins
Cooking time
13 mins
Difficulty
moderate
Serves
4 people
Meal course
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Deviled Eggs

The real secret to boiled eggs that peel perfectly, is heating them slowly gives the whites time to bond to the interior of the shell, while lowering them into rapidly boiling water causes those whites to set before they really have a chance to start sticking. A thorough chill in an ice bath immediately after they come out of the water ensures that the air bubble in the fat end makes a minimal dimple, and further firms up the whites for easier peeling.

Lower your eggs straight from the fridge into already-boiling water, or place them in a steamer insert in a covered pot, steaming at full blast on the stovetop. If boiling, lower the heat to the barest simmer. Cook the eggs for 11 minutes for hard or six minutes for soft. Serve. Or, if serving cold, shock them in ice water immediately. Let them chill in that water for at least 15 minutes or, better yet, in the fridge overnight. Peel under cool running water.

Chilling eggs overnight reduced my count of poorly peeled eggs by a further 50% compared with those peeled after a few minutes of shocking (or, even worse, straight out of the pot).

  1. For the Eggs and Filling: Add 1 tray of ice cubes to a large bowl and fill with water. Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water. Place steamer insert inside, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add eggs to steamer basket, cover, and continue cooking over high heat for 12 minutes. Remove eggs and immediately place in bowl of ice water and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before peeling under cool running water. Slice each egg in half lengthwise.
  2. Place all yolks in the bowl of a food processor. Select 16 of the best-looking egg white halves, rinse in cold water to clean out any excess yolk, and set aside; reserve remaining 8 whites for another use. Add mayonnaise, mustard, cherry pepper liquid, and vinegar to food processor and process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.
  3. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in olive oil in a thin, steady stream. Season mixture to taste with salt. Transfer to a zipper-lock bag or a piping bag fitted with a piping tip. Filling and egg white halves can be stored in the refrigerator up to overnight before eggs are filled and served.
  4. To Finish: If using a zipper-lock bag to pipe, cut off a corner of the bag. Pipe filling mixture into egg white halves, overstuffing each one. Top with pickled mustard seeds, chili flakes, a squirt of olive oil, sea salt, and dill fronds. Serve immediately.

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