Some say the devils you know are better than the devils you don’t. Well, in these pages there are plenty of both, and all are wickedly delicious. Deviled eggs, a perennial favorite of potluck suppers and picnics, a party food that is nearly perfect in its simplicity and speed of preparation, are basking in a long-awaited renaissance. Technically, deviled eggs should be revved up with a little something spicy, but these recipes show that they don’t have to be hot to be fabulous. Flavors can range from light to elegant to gutsy to fiery. Fillings can be as smooth as silk or chock full and chunky. If you’re a purist, take a trip down memory lane with the best of the classics, infused with fresh herbs and mild mustards. If you’re looking for something different and fun, try out combos including blue cheese and bacon or pepperoni and parmesan. Or maybe you want to impress your friends with your international palate by including the flavors of Indian chutney and curry, Italian sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, or Greek feta and olives. And if you love to go for the burn, well, welcome to perdition, where eggs stuffed with salsas or chilies, wasabi or jerk seasoning await the brave. And if you’re worried about the devil in the details, fear not: here you will find answers to such timeless questions as how to perfectly hard-cook eggs, how to peel off the shell without demolishing the white, and how to present your creations so they look festive and don’t go rolling off the plate when you serve them.
Moose is serious about eggs. She knows how to keep the yolks centered (store eggs on their sides) and how to prevent Green Yolk Phenomenon (don't turn up the heat). She knows the best way to peel an egg, based on egg anatomy, and the best plate to use for serving eggs. But the author, a food writer for the Raleigh News and Observer, is also aware that most people make deviled eggs to"use up their kids' dyed Easter eggs" and usually just sprinkle some paprika on them. She wants to show readers there's"life beyond paprika." In this cute tome, she explains how to spruce up deviled eggs, drawing on family recipes (such as Cousin Judy's Deviled Eggs, which call for Worcestershire Sauce and Old Bay seasoning), seasonal influences (like Springtime Herb Delights) and regional fare (e.g., Bella Tuscany deviled eggs, which include rosemary, capers and sun-dried tomatoes). The recipes are short and easy to follow, and most call for basic ingredients that many cooks will already have in their cupboards.