November 2nd is National Deviled Egg Day. How about a Deviled Egg Party Bar? It’s a fun complement to a cocktail party or tea party.
See how to throw one, below.
> The history of deviled eggs, and the difference between deviled eggs and stuffed eggs.
> Our favorite deviled egg recipes.
> Tips to make better deviled eggs are below.
HOW TO HAVE A DEVILED EGG PARTY
Give guests a blank slate on which to create their deviled egg masterpieces.
Set out a tray of plain deviled eggs, plus different toppings in ramekins or small bowls. The toppings need to be chopped, minced, or sliced to a small size that fits the top the egg.
Set the ramekins on plates to catch the spillage, and supply small spoons for scooping (we use espresso spoons). The guests should also have small cocktail plates on which to top their eggs.
Choose Your Toppings
Here’s a long list of options for the toppings. You can provide as many as you like.
Cheese: crumbled blue cheese, pimiento cheese, shredded cheddar
Dairy: crème fraîche, sour cream
Ham cubes, shredded prosciutto
Seafood: anchovies, crab, salmon caviar or tobiko, smoked salmon
Asparagus, peas, radishees
Grape tomatoes, pimento strips, sundried tomatoes
Pimento (roasted red pepper)
Red onion, scallions, caramelized onion
Guacamole, hummus, tapenade
Garnishes: capers, fried garlic chips, frizzled onions, sliced olives, potato chips
Heat: cayenne, chipotles in adobo, hot sauce(s), jalapeños, paprika, red chile flakes
Herbs: cilantro dill, parsley
Pickles: carrots, kimchi, okra, radishes, sliced gherkins, spicy pickle relish, sweet pickle relish
Salt: blends (e.g. Old Bay), flavored (e.g. truffle salt), smoked salt
Condiments & Seasonings
HOW TO MAKE BETTER DEVILED EGGS
 Let guests add their own toppings to deviled eggs (photos #1 and #2 © DeLallo).
 Present filled deviled eggs with no topping, plus ramekins so guests can select their own.
 For a fancy look, pipe the egg yolk filling with a fancy tip (photo © Dlish Deviled Eggs | Andrew McNeel Publishing).
Check out these tips from the cookbook, D’Lish Deviled Eggs: A Collection of Recipes from Creative to Classic.
1. The easiest way to get smooth yolks is to mash them thoroughly with a fork. You could also use a whip attachment (ideal for bigger batches), a ricer if you want them really smooth, or a food processor.
2. Spoon-filled deviled eggs will look laid back and rustic but not as nice. Eggs that have been filled with a piping bag (photo #3) are elegant.
3. For piping, a number of different options are available:
Professional cake decorating bags come with different kinds of tips (photo #3).
Disposable plastic piping bags are available in the baking section of most grocery stores.
Or just use a plastic sandwich bag by simply cutting off the corner tip with scissors.
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4. If you do get pro pastry bags, the tip you pipe the filling with is largely an aesthetic choice, although some fillings are better suited to certain tip styles than others. Chunkier fillings are best piped through a large plain round tip, while smoother fillings look lovely when applied with a large star tip.