The Deviled Egg Made Me Do It

When Halloween ends, and November arrives, I always get a little twinge of excitement for the next holiday. You know which one I mean. It’s the one that is all about eating.

Yes, I am really excited for National Deviled Egg Day.
What, you didn’t know?

Deviled Egg Day is celebrated on the 2nd of November each year. Unlike that other famous eating holiday in November, Devilled Egg Day focuses on just one food. Well maybe two, if you count the mayonaisse, or three if you also use mustard. But this is not a day to be bothered with turkeys and whatnot. This is all about the egg.

Although I like deviled eggs, I have never actually made a deviled egg. I have always relied on the generous devil-egginess of my friends to get my devilled eggs fix. But this year, in honor of Deviled Egg day, I thought I would try to make my own.

This is when I learned that I am hard-boiled egg challenged.

I have been making hard-boiled eggs for thirty years, but I never had to do it with the intention of making sure the yolks are centered, the white part isn’t dinged, and the egg is a thing of beauty when peeled.

This is what a hard-boiled egg that will
be used for a deviled egg should look like:

And these are mine:

Apparently, according to www.deviledeggs.com, you have to start with a perfect hard-boiled egg to make a great deviled egg. There are all kinds of tricks to achieve this including using an older egg rather than a really fresh one; turning the eggs on their sides the night before, and peeling the eggs using a tapping and rolling technique.

Honestly, I just never thought about it that hard before… as evidenced by the above pics of my own hard-boiled eggs.

Since I do not even put that much effort into things like car care, dental hygene, or child-rearing, I doubted that I would have the patience to turn all my eggs on their side the night before I cooked them to make sure the yolks were perfectly centered. I decided to wing it (that’s a little poultry humor, in case you missed it), use the regular old eggs I had in the fridge, leave them standing straight up all night, boil the heck out of them, and hope for the best.

I followed the rest of the directions I found on the website for an easy, classic deviled egg, did it with my own special flare, and ended up with really, really ugly deviled eggs. While my eggs did not look picture perfect, making them turned out to be a valuable learning experience for me.
I realized:
1) There is something to be said for centered yolks and nicely peeled eggs
2) When you are arranging your ugly deviled eggs on the plate to try to make them look a little more appealing, make sure you do not have your cellphone in your back pocket because if it suddenly rings and vibrates, you might be so surprised that you knock over the plate and drop all your ugly deviled eggs on the floor
3) The dog does not care one bit how ugly your deviled eggs are and will happily eat them all.

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