Pickled & Deviled Eggs
Call it bar food if you want but they rock and are great to have anytime.
Fresh eggs (when the yolk stands proud vs flat older egg yolks) are tougher to peel. I prefer to buy eggs and let them sit in the fridge for 10-14 days before boiling them but if you insist, there is a better way and it works so well, you will never peel an egg again.
Egg boiling \ peeling instructions:
DON’T FORGET THE BAKING SODA! – This works well for any egg, old or fresh.
* I don’t bother with 2″ of water above the eggs. As long as the whole egg is just about covered, it will boil much faster (reduce heat to a simmer once boiling). Heating all of that extra water is a waste of energy and time.
Ingredients: (easily scaled up)
12 large eggs
1 ( 15 or16 oz) can sliced pickled red beets, UNDRAINED
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup cider vinegar (Try my DIY Vinegars)
1/2 cup brown sugar (or white)
1/2 cup diced onion
I always add garlic in one form or another but just a little…
1 tsp black pepper corns
- bring all the ingredients, except the pre-boiled eggs, to a boil,
- reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Pack no more than one dozen peeled, hard-cooked eggs loosely into a warm, pre-sanitized quart jar (or other similar size container which can be closed tightly).
- There needs to be plenty of pickling solution, and enough to completely cover the eggs. Pour the hot pickling solution over the eggs in the jar, cover, and
- refrigerate immediately.
I prefer sous vide hard boiled eggs (165 F for 30 mins) but you need to boil them for 3 mins conventionally then cool bathe them or they won’t peel which defeats the purpose and provides a shitty presentation.
After making the eggs, they will require some time to season (i.e., pick up the flavors from the pickling brine). Keep them refrigerated at all times. If small eggs are used, 1 week is usually allowed for seasoning to occur. Medium or large eggs may require 1+weeks to become well seasoned. Use the eggs within 3 to 4 months for best quality. They can get rubbery after this time expires.
Small to medium eggs work the best (surface area : volume ratio for deeper and satisfying penetration resulting in more flavor). LOL.
Pepperoncini Pickled Eggs:
Usually I buy a jar of Cento brand (my favorite) peperoncini and eat most of them leaving less than 10% of the peppers.
I then add the heated juice (just like the Red Beet eggs) after I fish out the remaining peppers that I add back into the mix once I pour the heated juice over the eggs after it cools back down to room temp.
This keeps the peppers from getting soggy and turning white. Trust me, they suck if boiled. I leave some peppers in the jar is because I prefer to scoop out a pepper now and again with my pickled egg snack. You can use just juice, sans peppers if you like.
Some variations that I have yet to try out:
Deviled Red Beet Egg Filling recipe:
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or stone ground)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Paprika or Curry powder (your preference)
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh rosemary for garnish
Red Beet filling on white egg recipe:
* 4-5 small beets (canned)
* 12 eggs, hard boiled and peeled
* ½ cup mayo
* 4 tablespoons dijon mustard
* 2 teaspoons lemon juice
* 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
* 1-2 teaspoons onion powder
* Pinch cayenne
* Kosher salt and black pepper
* Green onions (or chives), sliced very thin
Place the beets in an oven safe dish
Cut the eggs in half and carefully remove the yolks to a bowl. Reserve the whites.
Place the beets in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the egg yolks, mayo, dijon, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne. Season well with salt and black pepper and mix well until yolks are broken up and ingredients are evenly incorporated and smooth.
Spoon yolk mixture into reserved egg white halves. Sprinkle with the green onions and serve chilled.