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I will never find it again [please send me a link if see the original], but a few weeks ago a TikTok* went through my feed in which a woman is invited to eat half a dozen eggs and she says “Oh no, that’s too much.” “But what if I scoop them out, mash it with mayo, and stuff it back together?” “Thanks, I’ll have the whole tray!”

hard-boiling eggs

hard-boiling eggs

I’m pretty sure this wasn’t the intended effect, but I’ve been craving deviled eggs since. I know we often think of them as a holiday party food, so this might make little sense, but I absolutely love them in the summer, especially when it’s too hot to cook anything real and I only want to eat, like, two cold salads and a handful of potato chips for dinner. Deviled eggs — basically egg salad with less gloop (my food writing chops are legendary, I know) — are the perfect piece to round out the meal. I like to keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge anyway, so it’s just a matter of peeling, popping out the centers (why is this so fun), mashing them up, and spooning them back in.

emptied eggs

emptied eggsthe filling
no piping bags! (sandwich bag ok)deviled eggs

I have a few rules, though: I refuse to use a star piping tip, although a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off is acceptable. I always use a recipe, this one. I know measuring mayo in teaspoonfuls sounds fussy but what I want, what I always want, is for my eggs to be exactly as perfect as they were the last time they were perfect, for that, and that’s what formulas are for. Finally, while I prefer the centers of my deviled eggs uncluttered; no truffle salt, caviar, dill, or relish, I apply toppings with chaotic abandon, whatever I can dredge up from the fridge. Here, I used thinly sliced a shallot and pickled one half and fried the other. I also used finely diced celery, chives, radishes, and cornichon, and diced and crisped up some dry chorizo. Hot smoked Spanish paprika (mild paprika + some cayenne or chipotle powder also works) is my favorite on top. This recipe is for eight eggs (or 16 deviled halves) and makes no suggestion of serving size. This is because the Smitten Kitchen is, as ever, a judgement-free zone.

deviled eggs

deviled eggs

More ideas: We like to eat these with a few other low- or no-cook summer things, like a tomato, a cucumber salad, watermelon, or fennel salad, this quick zucchini sauté, and/or prosciutto, if we’ve indulged my husband’s wishes to have it 365 days a year.

* did you know Granny Smitten is on TikTok? And I’m doing narrated recipe demos? You can follow along here.


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deviled eggs

deviled eggs

Deviled Eggs

  • 8 large hard-boiled eggs
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons smooth dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Hot smoked paprika
  • Garnishes, such as minced chives, pickles, celery, radishes, bacon bits, pickled or fried shallots
Peel your eggs; I usually do this under running cold water for ease. Halve eggs lengthwise and pop the centers into a bowl. Arrange empty egg halves on a platter. Mash yolks with a fork until no chunks remain. Add mayo, dijon, vinegar, salt, and pepper and mash until as smooth as possible. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Either dollop filling back into eggs with a spoon or scoop it into a sandwich bag and snip off the corner to pipe it in. Fill the eggs evenly and dust them with paprika. Scatter with everything you like on your deviled eggs and know that nobody here will judge you if you forget to eat anything else for dinner tonight.

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