who fails at deviled eggs?
I have a love/hate relationship with company potlucks. The great part is that there is food to my heart’s content, a huge variety of different things is available to me all at once, and, of course, it’s free. Usually there is at least one dish that blows all of the rest away, and I eat plates and plates of it because I am a bit of a glutton. The difficult part (for me) is the pressure to prepare a food that other people will want to eat. I am always nervous that I will bring the one food that nobody ate. And then, on my way out the door that evening, I will have to pick up my full platter and carry it home. On my way, everyone will see that I was the one that brought the “____” that nobody liked and my reputation will be stained until the day that I die.
To avoid that very situation, I kept it simple this year and stuck with deviled eggs. Everyone likes those, right? I picked up 2.5 dozen eggs and spent over an hour peeling them because I forgot to put some salt into the boiling water, and now my shoulders and back are killing me since I was hunched over for so long. Then, after mixing all of the ingredients, I discovered that I poured in a little too much salt. Needless to say, this year I won’t be bringing that really good plate of food… but I figure that enough people like deviled eggs so they will at least give them a shot.
I had planned to buy a pastry bag and decorating tip so I would at least have looks going for me, but my local grocer did not have the pastry bags and I didn’t have time to wander around another store in search of them. I used a plastic bag instead and cut off the tip, and while it still looks acceptable, it’s not pretty by anybody’s standards.
While I am confident that my deviled eggs will be disappointing to many, because I slaved away at peeling all of those for over an hour, I don’t really care that much. My sweat and tears are in those eggs. Best of all, I bought two disposable trays so that I don’t have to pick them up afterward and nobody can find out that it was me who destroyed them.
To be honest, I do think I’m being a little dramatic about this whole thing. I will probably eat a few myself tomorrow. I’m just so disappointed that all of that salt fell in and they’re not perfect. Deviled eggs are not hard to make and ending up with a bad tasting batch of deviled eggs is almost impossible. I feel like, because the eggs are a little too salty, I’ve failed. I am kind of a perfectionist. Plus… I tried really, really hard on them.
Anyway, as far as my recipe goes, when this is made correctly it is my favorite version of deviled eggs. I like to keep it simple and keep relish and jalapenos and practically everything else out of there. I love eggs and prefer to keep this recipe basic. I pretty much always do a google search for the recipe that Pinch My Salt has posted.
6 eggs, hard cooked and peeled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
pinch of salt (optional)
fresh ground black pepper (optional)
smoked paparika (optional)
If you visit her site, you can see that her deviled eggs look to be a lot more presentable than mine. Maybe next time I’ll have something a little more worthy, but at least it looks better than the Gingerbread house that Dan and I (kind of) put together.