Perfectly Peeled Deviled Eggs: Boil your Water First!

I wanted to share with you my deviled eggs from last Easter! They were tasty and so easy to make, and I found if you follow my simple tips, they’ll be guaranteed to turn out perfectly for your Easter Feast this year! But to start off, do you have a hard time getting a perfectly boiled egg?

How to boil an egg
First, bring your water to a boil, then by carefully using a spoon, drop the eggs down into the water. Set your timer for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in the water for 5 minutes. Then pour off the hot water and add COLD WATER to cover the eggs.

After a few minutes, pour off this water and add more cold water. In about 8 minutes your eggs will be cool enough to handle, and they’ll peel perfectly every time.

The hot water causes the interior of the egg to shrink away from the shell, making it really easy to peel.

Creamy Deviled Eggs
10 eggs
4 oz. cream cheese
3 tbsp. sour cream
2 tbsp. dijon mustard
3 tbsp. onion, minced
2 tbsp. fresh dill, minced (or 2 tsp. dried dill)
3 dashes Tabasco sauce (optional)
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Few tablespoons of milk or cream, as needed
salt and pepper to taste

Using a sharp knife, slice each cooled, boiled egg in half. Place the yolks in a small mixing bowl. Put the white halves into a Tupperware container until you are ready to serve on a deviled egg platter.

If you don’t have a deviled egg platter, then you can cover a standard plate with lettuce leaves and put your eggs on them. The lettuce leaves prevent the deviled eggs from sliding around.

To your yolks, add all other ingredients. Use your hand mixer to beat the eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Here’s a little mini after-dinner concert that we had last Easter …

Stuffing the eggs
Using a kitchen tool or dispenser (or pastry bag) or a quart-size sandwich bag (snip off the tip), squeeze the stuffing out of the small hole in the bag into the egg white halves. This makes it easy to make really attractive deviled eggs.

Put any extra yolk mixture left over after the eggs are filled onto crackers for an additional appetizer and garnish with a half of an olive.

Make the eggs look beautiful

  • Snip a small bit of the fresh dill and place it on top of each egg
  • Scatter snipped chives or minced parsley on top of each egg
  • Layer strips of red peppers; lay them in a criss-cross pattern on top of each egg
  • Or, do what I did – just leave them plain!
  • Put the egg platter on top of a pedestal stand or cake dish!

Deviled eggs are so beautiful – you just have to show them off!

More reminiscing …

I bought my plastic egg plate (in photos) at Crate and Barrel last year and I love it because it’s light weight and the price was right!

Are you making Deviled Eggs this year? And do you ever have troubles with getting the eggs to boil perfectly?

(This post is my opinion only. Crate and Barrel did not pay me to write these nice words!)

Oh, and I wanted to share one more thing today. My friend Melissa, from The Inspired Room, is featured on The Pioneer Woman’s blog today! I’m so tickled pink for her! Check it out!

   

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25 Responses to “Perfectly Peeled Deviled Eggs: Boil your Water First!”

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    Dawn W — April 1, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    My mom taught me to make deviled eggs (or “dressed” eggs as the are called in some southern states) just as you do, with one exception – she says you should heavily salt the water. Supposedly, the salt makes the shell more brittle and easier to remove. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but my eggs always turn out great (thanks to my Egg Queen mom) and I’m not about to chance it! LOL
    .-= Dawn W´s last blog ..Happy Birthday, Bud! =-.

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    kirstin — April 1, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    Yay, thanks for posting this. I’m making deviled eggs this weekend and I always get frustrated when the eggs don’t turn out! I’m going to do that. I may even try the filling..minus the tobasco.

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    melissa @ the inspired room — April 1, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    Great tip Sandy! Those look scrumptious! :-)

    Thanks for the shout out about The Pioneer Woman post, it is fun and a great way to talk about how we don’t have to have everything all perfect to have a lovely and welcoming home!!

    Happy Easter friend!
    .-= melissa @ the inspired room´s last blog ..The Pioneer Woman: Decorating Adventures =-.

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    Praise and Coffee — April 1, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    Thank you so much!! They look divine!

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    the BLAH BLAH BLAHger — April 1, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    Deviled eggs are my FAVORITE!!!
    .-= the BLAH BLAH BLAHger´s last blog ..It’s Time for You to Go! =-.

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    teresa — April 1, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    Oooooh!
    Yum!
    Deviled Eggs!
    Such a scrumptious thing to serve…
    you forget just how YUMMY deviled eggs are!
    Wonder WHERE they got that crazy name!?
    Yours look divine!
    And I have GOT to remember to link up with you!
    Love the button!
    And I love your blog!
    Looks like a fab Easter concert you had last Easter!
    Much more “FANCY” than the shows we PUT ON
    “in the country” at my parent’s farm!
    xxooxx
    Happy Easter!
    Teresa…Bainbridge!
    I will have to pop over and see Miss Melissa on Pioneer Woman!
    xo

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    Julie — April 1, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    Thanks for the great tips!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Last Minute Easy Easter Basket & My First Link Party! =-.

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    Fiona — April 1, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    YUM Sandy!! Thanks for this recipe. Love eggs this way!
    .-= Fiona´s last blog ..A quote….. =-.

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    Org Junkie — April 1, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    Do you know I’ve never made deviled eggs, is that weird?

    Happy Easter!

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    ellen b — April 1, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    Getting ready to boil lots of eggs so I welcome the timeliness of this post :0)
    .-= ellen b´s last blog ..Maundy Thursday ~ The Last Supper =-.

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    Nancy — April 1, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    Thank you for this tip. I have tried so many different ways and most of them come out gloppy and underdone. Yuck! I’m off to buy eggs.

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    Aggie — April 1, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

    I made deviled eggs this morning for our preschool Spring Fling! I used some garlic mustard I picked up in Napa and a little mayo, s&p…very simple and so delicious! I really think the cold water helps them peel….I don’t usually have problems with peeling eggs when I rinse them well.

    Happy Easter my friend!
    .-= Aggie´s last blog ..Fish Oreganata =-.

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    Heather — April 2, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    I tried this way of hardboiling the eggs, but a lot of my eggs cracked when I put them in the boiling water.

    • Sandy replied: — April 2nd, 2010 @ 9:34 am

      Hi Heather! Mm-m-m, not sure. I just boiled my eggs yesterday this way. Sorry!

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    Heather — April 2, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    (Because of the heat, not because I didn’t put them in gently enough.)

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    kara-noel — April 3, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    I’m trying this as we speak (type!). I added salt to the water per the suggestion from one of the comments. Thanks for the tip :)
    .-= kara-noel´s last blog ..Pretend City and Bosh Images Photography Worshop =-.

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    Rebecca — April 3, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    Wow! The best boiling method ever! They peeled so easily! And the deviled eggs were a huge hit at Schmiesen Easter today!!!!! Thanks Sandy!!!!

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    Jancd — April 4, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    I tried your method of boiling eggs although I had not had trouble with the way I usually did it. Your method worked very well and I will probably continue using this method. Thanks. However, I also tried your recipe and was not as happy. I think I don’t care for the cream cheese. I like my eggs with a little mayo and mustard. It’s fun to try new recipes though.

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    Ginger — April 5, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

    Sandy, I tried your directions and even gave you a shout out on my blog. I didn’t even HAVE to peel some of them…the shell just fell right off. Check out how I dyed the eggs…may be a BG activity for next year?!?! I could only dream that you might use one of my ideas. Haha. Anyway, thanks for the super fabuloso tip!
    .-= Ginger´s last blog ..Happy Easter =-.

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    Lura — May 15, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    Thank you so much for this tip! It is priceless!!! Also wanted to thank you for the book that I won about Fathers! I am going to give it to my husband for Father’s Day. Thanks again! :)
    .-= Lura´s last blog ..For Charity =-.

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    Cam Knuckey, Illustrator — May 17, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    thanks for telling me “how to boil an egg.”
    It seems I’ve arrogantly been doing it wrong all my life.
    Let me explain.
    My mother of 95 grew up with maids and cooks, her Aunt grew up the same.
    When the great depression hit they lost their money and their maids and their parents and had to fend for themselves (isn’t family history fascinating?)
    Well, with this thought in mind we were cleaning and sorting all the family history, when mum went into a nursing home at 90.
    I came accross the notes and clippings of my great Aunt’s Concert career and stumbled on a hand written book of recipes, to my amazement there it was number one
    “How to boil an Egg.”
    I was appalled that she had fallen so low that she had to start to learn from egg boiling up.
    But later I took another look and it actually said “How to boil the perfect Egg!”
    It said something about producing a well shaped hard boiled egg, and trying to not get distracted, I put it back and promptly forgot the details.
    That note is now deep in a box at my sister’s house, and has been haunting me for five years, “now what did it say?”
    Well I reckon you’ve just told me, thanks again.
    No longer will I have to apologise for my lop sided “curried eggs!” (like the ones that marred Mum’s 95th birthday party!)

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    Kelly — April 28, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    Thanks for the tips. I will print that off and use it next time I make deviled eggs. I’ve also heard that 2 week old eggs are easier to peel than fresh ones.

    Kelly
    http://www.CouponsCraftsandCauses.com
    http://IndianaInker.blogspot.com

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