Sweet pickle relish is the secret to these delicious Southern deviled eggs.
Top the eggs off with a slice of pimiento and a little paprika or with slices of cornichon or piece of cooked bacon.
The recipe is easily doubled for a party or potluck event.
- 7 large eggs
- 3 to 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- Optional: dash Tabasco sauce
- dash salt
- dash freshly ground black pepper
- dash paprika
- Optional: 2 tablespoons pimiento (chopped, for garnish)
- Optional: 2 tablespoons cornichon (chopped, for garnish)
- Place the eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with water. The water should come to about an inch above the eggs.
- Cover the pan and bring the water to a full rolling boil.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let stand, covered, for 16 to 18 minutes.
- Drain and then cover the eggs with ice cold water.
- When the eggs are thoroughly cooled, peel under cool running water. See some tips for peeling eggs, below.
- Slice 6 of the eggs in half, lengthwise.
- Put the remaining cooked egg in a bowl.
- Scoop out the yolks into the bowl and place the white halves in an egg dish or on a plate.
- To keep the white halves from rolling on a plate, slice a tiny piece off of the bottoms to give them a flat area. Or, line the plate with shredded lettuce.
- With a fork or small masher, mash the whole egg with the yolks.
- Add 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, the mustard, relish, a dash of Tabasco, if using, and salt and pepper, to taste. Add more mayonnaise, if desired.
- Using a small spoon or small cookie scoop, fill the egg halves with the yolk mixture.
- Dust the eggs lightly with paprika. Top each deviled egg with a strip of pimiento or a slice of cornichon or sweet gherkin.
Tips for Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs
- Eggs nearer the expiration date will be easier to peel and will peel more cleanly.
- Let the eggs cool thoroughly before peeling.
- Crack the ends of the shell and then roll the egg on the counter, pressing gently with your hand, until it is cracked all over.
- Start peeling at the wide end, where there is a little air under the shell.
Are Your Eggs Fresh?
- Put an egg in a deep bowl or pan of cold water.
- If the egg stays on its side on the bottom of the container, it's very fresh.
- If the egg stands up and bobs on the bottom, it isn't as fresh.
- If the egg floats on the surface, it is old and should be discarded.
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