What The Devil!?

May 11, 2012

A hard Body Pump class requires protein replenishment from eggs.


I just happen to LOOOOVE deviled eggs, but I’ve never made them! I just toss them down at picnics every summer and wish it were summer the other 9 months of the year. So today I decided to make my own summer picnic spread (even though it feels more like October outside today!)


First: hard boil your eggs. Put eggs in a pot of cold water and bring to just below a rolling boil. Cover and set timer for 13 minutes. Then dunk into ice water. New step I learned today: LET THEM COOL FOR A LONG TIME!


I took a shower while they cooled completely (I’m always in a rush to peel + eat them!) and today they were soooo much easier to peel having had the chance to turn my ice water to just cold water.


Slice in half with a sharp serrated knife


I was afraid the eggs would fall apart when I tried to get out the yolks, but I just squeezed them a little  on the sides and the the yolk plopped right out!


I mashed the yolks with 1 heaping tsp of mayo, 1 tiny dollop of dijon mustard plus salt, pepper and about 2 drops of apple cider vinegar. I like my deviled eggs very simple. The worst kind are those with relish in them – gross crunch reminds me of onions!


The mash went back in nicely with the help of a spoon (no need to dirty up my icing piping set, but that would be fun if this were for a crowd)


Smoked paprika for the final punch!


And they were ready to gobble up!


I surrounded them with watermelon for the ultimate summer fiesta.


And added a side salad made up of garden-fresh romaine, goat cheese, p-nuts, tomatoes and raisins all drizzled in olive oil, honey and smoked salt (from Whole Foods)


Lemonade water on the side!

The eggs were absolutely delicious. I have 2 more in the fridge just hard-boiled, so I might have to make these again soon!


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1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life May 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I love deviled eggs :) I like to use greek yogurt since we don’t buy mayo.


2 Annette @FitnessPerks May 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Your Friday sounds amazing–I love (teaching) BodyPUMP and adore hard boiled eggs. Mayo, not so much…but paprika, YES! :)


3 jojo May 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Placing the eggs in ice water does help A LOT.
I hate peeling egg shells when it’s stuck to the inside!!


4 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Look at you w the devolved eggs! What a little treat!


5 Melissa @ HerGreenLife May 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Yep, once you’ve gone to the trouble to peel the hard boiled eggs, turning them into deviled eggs is the easy part. I do that fairly often — my “never made it” goal for sometime soon is egg salad.

We buy farm-fresh eggs at a farmers’ market, which are great for almost everything, but older eggs actually peel more easily. We’ve actually started labeling a carton of eggs with a note saying “for hard boil” and letting them age a few weeks before hard boiling them. Even aged a few weeks, they are probably still way fresher than conventional supermarket eggs 😉


6 Andrea May 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I do the same with labeling the carton for hardboil and letting it sit in the fridge for at least one month!


7 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Watermelon and eggs, two of my all time favorites! I usually just boil them, but prepared this way they look so much more appealing!


8 OliePants May 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I love hard boiled eggs as well as deviled eggs. I never have made them but do devour them when they are around.


9 Hope May 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Love deviled eggs!! I’d never be able to put them on the same plate with watermelon though. I don’t like my food to touch!


10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

your lunch does look like summer! I’m wishing i had some watermelon!


11 Roxanne May 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I see you have a plastic purple straw… what happened to your re-usable straws?


12 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

In the dishwasher. I’m rotating while I have stock of both.


13 Andrea May 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Uh-oh, straw police! 😉


14 Karen May 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Though I’m no egg fan, your photos in this post are incredible!

Hope you’re doing your Friday dance about now, Kath :)


15 Elisabeth May 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

We always have deviled eggs for all the family parties – surprised you’ve never made them before since you enjoy them so much 😉


16 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Yumm I love deviled eggs! I like to mix the yolks with a bunch of curry spices and garnish with a bit of garam masala, or just mix them with Greek yogurt, dill, and sprinkle with chives for a lighter flavour…… but any seasoning is fine with me. Have a fab afternoon Kath!


17 Jen May 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I’ve had deviled eggs before but the mayo really turned me off – after like the 5 the one 😉 I think it would be good stuffed with hummus though.


18 Katelyn May 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Your lunch looks absolutely DELISH! I’ve been meaning to boil eggs, too. It seems like so much work, but it’s really not that hard. Guess I’m just lazy! Thanks for the simple deviled egg recipe idea. Funny that you made a summery lunch – it’s beautiful here & I’m planning a picnic with my beau for dinner. Love pinic-y/summery foods!! 😀


19 Cait's Plate May 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I haven’t had a deviled egg in so long! Looks delicious. As does that juicy watermelon. I’m away for the weekend but I’m definitely buying some for next week!


20 Ely May 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I love deviled eggs! It’s also good if you mash up the deviled egg with a fork and put it on a piece of toast. I know you said you don’t like onions, but that is a good idea. I love onions and never thought to put them in deviled eggs before!


21 [email protected] Nutritious May 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm


For a fleeting moment, I craved reviled eggs, for a vegan, that not not an easy or common request. So I decided to give it a try with tofu. Success! My nine year old devoured all she could. She was impressed, although, I could have shaped them neater. The taste was spot on. I will have to make them for our Mother’s day picnic. Thanks for the reminder!!!


22 Laura P May 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I just recently discovered how yummy hard boiled eggs could be but I make mine using honey mustard and greek yougurt. I like them a little sweet, my daughter likes them, too. She doesn’t like the spicy things yet….I’ll have to make some this weekend, that lunch looks super yummy!!


23 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Your lunch would work well in my parts today…it is very summertime weather! I have my doors open letting in a fresh breeze with the sound of birds chirping, lawn mowers and dogs barking…love it! There will be cocktails on the back patio tonight for sure!


24 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Looks good Kath! I’ve never made deviled eggs for a meal but it’s a good idea.


25 Earthy Nicole May 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Aaah, you’re killin’ me! I’m moving tomorrow so we’ve been eating through all the perishable food in the house and I haven’t had eggs in a week and I really, really want some and then you go posting this! I love deviled eggs and I make them just the same way you did, except WITH relish :)

I’m going back to packing now and pretending I didn’t see this.


26 Angela @ Sleep and Repeat May 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I usually stay away from egg yolks but I love them in deviled eggs! some mayo makes everything better I guess :) I never make them myself though – for some reason, I find them to be oddly intimidating, one of those things you love but could never possibly make yourself! not sure why, but you make it look easy :)


27 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama May 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I’ve never made deviled eggs either. I know what’s for dinner tonight!


28 Angel7 May 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

For some reason, I do not like deviled eggs. I will eat hard-boiled eggs, and even pickled eggs, but not deviled eggs.



29 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Now that’s a lunch I could enjoy!


30 Antonia @ healthinspirations May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I’ve never had deviled eggs before but they’re not as hard to make as I thought. Love the trick with with cold water. That’s what we do too. And I can’t wait to finally have watermelon. Have been craving them ever since your post yesterday!


31 Laura @ She Eats Well May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Love the deviled eggs recipe. Looks so easy and fresh. I keep hardboiled eggs in my fridge all the time…such a good, fast protein option.


32 Aundra Weissert @ Fit for Life May 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Have you ever tried hardboiled eggs in the oven? 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, place individual eggs in muffin pans. The eggs won’t slide around as much as they do in a pot of boiling water, and I think they taste better, too!!


33 laine May 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

You put them in a muffin tin in the shell? Interesting!

I always boil a dozen at a time. I figure I might as well do a big batch since I’m boiling water anyway, then I have snacks for a few days.


34 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Great job on the deviled eggs…and yes, waiting for hard-boiled eggs to cool is like watching paint dry…seems to take forever!


35 Julie P. May 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I am curious about your paprika dispenser? where is it from?


36 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

It’s part of a spice rack I had through OpenSky a while back! I love it – it is magnetic in my cabinet.


37 Liz May 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Wow looks delicious. Im craving water melon + eggs + salad now. Basically your entire lunch!


38 Sandi May 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I chop (and de-seed) jalepenos to add! It only adds a little heat, but its good! And I cheat by using a small ziploc bag (tiny cut in the corner) and pipe them in! No fuss, no muss!!


39 Kathleen May 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

After I read your post I decided that my 3 year old daughter and I would make deviled eggs for our afternoon snack! She loved helping me peel the eggs, mash up the yolks and most of all sprinkle on the paprika. They were delicious and a great activity! I hope someday you’ll enjoy cooking with your son. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!


40 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde May 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

What a great idea to make your own picnic spread! How fun. And I love that smoked salt from WF – I usually like to put it on cooked green beans. Yum!


41 Hillary May 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Confession: I’ve never had deviled eggs before! These do look super simple and delicious though.


42 [email protected] for the Soul May 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

DELISH! I haven’t tried making deviled eggs either! But I love eggs and their nutritional value.


43 Margaret May 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Oh Yum, that looks like an easy lunch and so tasty, haven’t had them in ages.
If you break the shell a little before you put them in cooling water, they will peel easily.


44 j3nn May 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I love deviled eggs!! I use a lot more mayo when I make mine, though. :)

Your whole lunch looks awesome!!


45 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles May 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Well aren’t you ambitious. Watermelon looks SO good. I can’t wait to buy some…but haven’t seen any at an affordable price ’round these parts yet. Hopefully soon! Happy Friday!!!!!!!


46 Amanda M May 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

You are just like me with the onion thing. SOOOO nasty! And anything that has that crunch is off limits. My husband says I am a picky eater, but I insist its not my fault the people put world’s nastiness food into everything.

I will eat sauteed onions and french onion soup because the icky crunch factor is gone. And they are by themselves.


47 Amelia May 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm



48 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) May 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I’ve never tried Deviled eggs before, but those look really good!


49 Karen May 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Oh, yum! I think I’ll go make some. I usually put in either dried dill or (this time of year) fresh lemon thyme from my herb garden- makes ’em taste really fresh and summery.


50 sus May 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I love deviled eggs! I add turmeric and curry to mine and do half plain yogurt and half mayo. SO GOOD!


51 kate May 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

do you let them boil for 13 minutes or take them off and leave them covered for 13 minutes? I always leave them covered off the heat for 10 minutes or so


52 KathEats May 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Take them off as soon as they boil and leave covered for 13 mins


53 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats May 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Watermelon sounds delish! :)


54 Jennifer May 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Oooh….I LOVE deviled eggs. :) I’ve never made them, though, and it sounds pretty simple.

Your eggs always look perfect.


55 Erin May 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I also love deviled eggs and have never made them. I should give them a try with the fresh eggs I have in the fridge. Great idea!


56 Christine May 12, 2012 at 6:51 am

WOW! That lunch looks so simple and yet insanely good. I’m preggo too, and hard boiled eggs really hit the spot on some days. And that watermelon….yummmmmmm


57 Sophie Doiron May 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hi Kath!
I couldn’t resist the urge to let you in on my secret ingredient for deviled eggs- Sriracha hot sauce! Added to the mayo, it gives the eggs this incredible smokey-spicy flavour. I also sprinkle with smoked paprika instead of regular paprika, and sprinkle a bit of course sea salt on top for a little crunch (not like onion-crunch, I’m with you on the grossness that is raw onion)
Enjoy :)


58 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

YUM! Deviled eggs!


59 occula May 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

I had to laugh – I’m always trying to get the right crunch to my deviled eggs by adding relish AND finely diced onion! But I think we can all agree that deviled eggs are fabulous, however you like ’em. I’ve never turned one down!


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