It’s been a busy few weeks. I started working full time last week after being a stay-at-home mom with my son for over a year. I’m very grateful for having the opportunity to be home with my son; but also ready to get back to work. Carving out time to cook, photograph and post recipes on Love and Duck Fat will be difficult; but I’m determined to keep going in this labor of love.
Before I started my new job, I went on a little deviled egg bender; whipping up one new recipe after another in anticipation of having ZERO time. This recipe for pickled beet deviled eggs was one of our favorites. It’s easy to do and beats the heck out of the garishly bright food-colored deviled eggs I’ve been seeing on Pinterest lately. This is actually my SECOND batch because I can’t find the SD card with the original photos. They looked so beautiful I tried another color–using turmeric and onion skins to dye the peeled eggs a really pretty golden color.
The “deviled” bit in this recipe is a classic recipe. You get that delicious classic deviled egg taste wrapped up in a fun new package. Pickling the eggs overnight with spices, vinegar and garlic gives them a slight pickle flavor that works perfectly for a deviled egg recipe. Of course, you can pickle them longer for even more color, but overnight seems to be the perfect amount as it leaves the egg yolks nice and yellow.
The fresher the eggs, the harder they will be to peel, and since I used farm fresh eggs; I was worried they would be impossible to peel. To give me some help, I added a teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water. Sure enough, all put one or two egg shells peeled easily. Don’t you love when kitchen tips work?
This deviled egg recipe makes 2 dozen eggs. You can fill the eggs with a piping bag like I did or just use a small spoon. For something in-between, just fill a sandwich bag with filling, close it tight, and then snip off the tip of the bag with scissors. You get an instant piping bag without any clean up.
Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 2 beets, peeled and sliced
- 1 small shallot, sliced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 California bay leaf
- 6 whole peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seeds
- 2 whole garlic cloves
- 2 whole cloves
- 12 hard boiled eggs, peeled
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 2 teaspoon Dijon or yellow mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- dash cayenne pepper
- chives or parsley for garnish
Beet mixture: In a medium saucepan, bring water, vinegar, beets, shallot, sugar, bay leaf, peppercorns, mustard seeds, garlic and cloves to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes on low heat. Cool completely.
Boil & Peel Eggs: Place eggs in the bottom of a large saucepan and cover with water so they are completely submerged. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to water. Heat until water comes to a gentle boil. Cover and turn heat to low. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let sit-covered-for 15 minutes. Rinse under cold water.
Crack egg shells, and roll them gently on the counter. Carefully peel under running water and set aside.
Add eggs to beet mixture and refrigerate at least 2 hours to overnight. Remove and pat dry on paper towels. Cut in half with a sharp knife and pop the yolks into a bowl.
Mash yolks first. Then mash again with mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt and cayenne pepper. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture and garnish with chives or parsley
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