Classic Deviled Eggs with a Modern Twist
Many southern deviled egg recipes include pickles, and I’m not opposed! My first true love is pickles. But, if there’s one category of pickles that I HATE, it’s sweet pickles. Bread and Butter pickles should not exist in my opinion. That’s just ME! I know plenty of people who like them, and I am not here to be the pickle judge…
While I’m listing off the things I don’t like, yellow mustard is one of them. So now I’ve named two classic ingredients that go into a traditionally southern deviled egg recipe. I really love eggs, so I decided to come up with my own recipe!
I haven’t done anything crazy to replace the classic ingredients, just some modern edits. Hear me out…
Southern Deviled Egg Filling
I wanted to create a smoother filling for the deviled eggs, so instead of using minced pickles, I use dill pickle juice. This adds a few things to the recipe that I like. First, you’re still getting that pickled flavor, and it adds that salty, briny pucker that the filling needs. It also adds moisture to the filling, which means we can add less mayonnaise which is a win-win! (sometimes if I want to add a little more smokiness to the filling, I’ll add a little bacon fat. See how to bake the perfect bacon here!)
As mentioned, I am not a huge fan of yellow mustard (my mother doesn’t understand how I am her child), it’s just a thing… So, I use whole grain mustard instead (or dijon). This adds a nice texture and earthiness to the filling that I love.
The BEST thing about deviled eggs is that they are a great vehicle to get creative. You can add many different toppings, herbs, and spices to make it your own.
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Classicly Southern Deviled Eggs
Classic Southern Deviled Egg Recipe
- 6 hard-boiled eggs halved
- 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 3 tsp classic dill pickle juice
- 1 tsp whole grain mustard or dijon
- salt and pepper to taste
- dash of paprika
Place your eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 5 minutes then turn off heat and cover with lid. Let sit for 30 minutes
Crack hard boiled eggs and remove the shell. Run under cold water to remove any excess shell. Cut eggs lengthwise and pop out the yolk into mixing bowl
Add mayo, pickle juice, whole grain mustard and large pinch of salt and pepper and mix using the back of a fork to break up yolks
Taste and add additional salt and pepper and a dash of paprika. You'll add more paprika after you fill eggs with the filling
Use large gallon size Zip-Lock and spoon contents into bag. Use kitchen shears to cut the tip off of the end of the bag. Pipe filling into hard boiled eggs
Lightly sprinkle the tops of the eggs with paprika and finish with topping of your choice!
-THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!