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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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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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!