Classic Deviled Eggs

Recipe for Classic Deviled Eggs
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8 hard-boiled eggs
3-4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons finely diced celery (optional)
2 tablespoons finely diced red onion (optional)
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Garnish: paprika (optional)


Remove shells from hard-boiled eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Carefully remove the yolks, and transfer to a bowl.

Using a fork or pastry blender, mash the yolks. Add mayonnaise, mustard, cayenne pepper, celery, onion, salt, and black pepper to taste.

Spoon filling into a zip-top bag, cut off a corner tip, then pipe into the egg white halves. Garnish with paprika if you like.

Chill and serve.


16 eggs

Preparation Time

25 Minutes

Total Time

55 Minutes

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Used to use deviled ham - kind with a white label and and a red devil - plus Miracle Whip. but now the hams are so overly salty - wish I could make a better one somehow as I used to really enjoy deviled eggs

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Isn't the classic deviled eggs made with deviled ham in them? Hence the name deviled eggs. The rest is pretty much the same but some of it is dependant upon peoples taste.

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The “deviled” in deviled eggs OR deviled ham or anything else deviled really just refers to mustard, pepper, or spices. Today, it can also mean “stuffed.”

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When I was growing up, (so like the 50's.60's) my mom used the mayo, mustard, salt and pepper and vinegar...... started out with just white vinegar, then cider, then wine vinegar. I later did variations of Asian vinegar as well, and used mostly Hickory Farms sweet hot mustard, occasionally I will put curry powder in them also, it's a nice change. Now my husband thought I was nuts on the curry (same with vinegar) but then one day I made a batch with the curry (I'd already convinced on the vinegar) didn't tell him but he loved them and was amazed when I told him curry powder.
Sometimes when I'm lazy I just chop up the eggs into a bowl, add ingredients and its a deviled egg salad. Oh darn now I want some!

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I cook mine in the pressure cooker for 5 min, let sit in the cooker after its done for another 5 min and then i put them in ice water for 5 min then peel. Cut your eggs in half and put the yolk in a zip lock baggy and mash them with your fingers from the outside the bag. Add the rest your normal ingredients in the bag and mix through the bag. Cut the tip off the corner the bag and pipe into the egg white. Easy to make. From fridge to cook and back to fridge in less then 25 min. Why get dirty a bunch of dishes when you can use the zip lock bag to mix everything in then pipe into the egg white and toss the bag when your done?

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I make them often for a Friday night church group and they call them angel eggs. I do use Miracle whip rather than mayonnaise as I think it tastes a bit sweeter. Also I use about two or three tablespoons of dill pickle juice. Not too much otherwise they git a bit sloppy. With the pickle juice brine and Miracle whip, there is no need to add salt.

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adding chopped smoked salmon and capers in them is a nice change sometimes

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Reading other comments I think I'll try green olives or some pesto. Your Classic recipe is what we made at our family restaurant, except no onion, and only yellow prepared mustard ( Plochman's my go-to)

And when Shedd's Old Style Sauce (later Aunt Nellies) was still around, my Mom would put a smidgen of that in it. Man, SO good.

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I use yellow mustard and I put about 1 to 2 teaspoons of horseradish in them. (Depends on how many eggs I am doing) I don't use the cayenne, but think I will try that next time. Thanks for the recipes!

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I try to use less mayo (Dukes of course) and add Sweet pickle juice (no pickles) and hot pepper vinegar salt and pepper. To me, that makes a real Deviled Egg.

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I like using Durkees Famous sauce with the mayo and mustard as it gives it a different kick!

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When I make them I use miracle whip, tiny bit of sugar or sweet pickle relish, touch of salt and pepper.

People see to like them.

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Thank you for a genuine deviled egg recipe! Most I've come across are just mayonnaise & some sweet pickle relish. I always check out deviled egg recipes to see if someone else has an ingredient that I don't normally put in mine. I always generally have the Dijon & the Spicy Brown on hand, but sometimes I might might unintentionally run out of one or the other. I do use minced onion but never thought of minced celery. I also love the addition of the cayenne pepper to the Dijon & mayonnaise. I really enjoy reading your Almanac & I truly enjoy trying out your recipes & love reading the comments of the others! When a teen back in the 1950's, I used to read my grandad's Old Farmer's Almanac & got hooked on it!
Thank you for all the lovely recipes I've garnered from you at the Old Farmer's Almanac. Wishing all of The Old Farmer's Almanac family & all of you lovely readers out there the best Christmas of your lifetime, this coming Christmas & a most prosperous 2019.

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I chop up green olives & put them in the cooked yolk mixture. Even my friend who hates green olives, loves them. I don't use any kind of pickles. Just mayo, mustard, green olives, & cooked egg yolks. They are really good.

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Thank YOU, Margo, for being an Almanac reader! We appreciate the kind words and hope you have a lovely holiday season as well!

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Pretty much the way I make the but no celery, and I add a splash of Red Wine Vinegar. Makes them a little tart.

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I made these about 6 months ago and shared it with a family member who's on a Keto "diet" and since then they have 5 eggs for lunch 5 times a week. That's 10 halves of stuffed eggs 5 × weekly. lol I guess this person loves them. If course when this has reached the point where he has a change of taste he'll likely NEVER eat them again.

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I put grey poupon and hellmanns mayo in mine, they are so good!

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My sister Julie uses my hot pepper relish in her recipe and then tops each one with a slice of her candied jalapeño.

Instead of the Dijon mustard,

Instead of the Dijon mustard, I add 1 tsp of Patek's Mild Curry paste. It's really good!