Saturday, March 8, 2014

"Old School" DEVILED EGGS - 52 Church PotLuck Dishes

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I made a BIG plate of these for just my wife and me.  I am not a big fan of the phrase, "They were like Crack", since I have not done crack, but they sure seemed like something wonderful to us.  I really can't remember the last time I had a plate of these to myself.  I usually just make them to take to church or a big family gathering.  Instead... MINE, ALL MINE (and a few for Jackie).

I am a bog fan of pickles... Not only in the yellow filling, but a little slice on top.  As a hint for those taking these to an event, the pickle slices add an extra topping that allows you to cover a plate with cling wrap without disturbing the look of the pipped yellow.

And speaking of the pipping look.  If you have never tried it, it is easy.  Just head to a Hobby store (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc.) and you can find all you need.  Go ahead and ask the sales person for advice.  All you need is a pipping bag and a big star tip.  Best thing about pipping is that you can pull the mistakes off, refill the bag with the mistakes and try again.  Easy and easily fixable if you want to try again.

The recipe is old school... Just what I had in mind.

I also made these as a snack during a "No Meat on Friday" Lent season snack.  Just one more day to try to keep my wife out of Purgatory.


OK... Here's what I did...

"Old School "

  • 8 Large Eggs, Hard Boiled and peeled
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 TBS Pickle Relish (with brine)
  • 1 TBS Yellow Mustard
  • Several Grinds of a Pepper Grinder to taste
  • Sweet Gherkin Pickles to Garnish
  • Sweet paprika to Garnish
Cooking Directions
  1. Best way to hard cook an egg... Single layer in a large pot, do not crowd, make sure there is room between eggs. Cover with cold water (one inch above the eggs). Over high heat, bring water to a full boil. Immediately remove from heat and cover.pot (still with eggs and HOT water) tightly with a lid. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Then run COLD water over the eggs to cool quickly. This cooks the yolks perfectly as well as keeping the whites soft (boiling eggs will toughen the white parts). Peel eggs.
  2. Cut Eggs in half lengthwise, remove yolks
  3. Mash yolks with a fork. Mix in Mayo, Relish, Mustard and Pepper. Taste, add additional seasonings (salt, pepper) if desired.
  4. Fill the cavity in each egg white.
  5. Garnish with a slice of Sweet Gherkin Pickle as well as a sprinkle of paprika
  6. Serve chilled and ENJOY!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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