How To Make Colored Deviled Eggs
Easter Deviled Eggs Recipe
This year, add a twist to your deviled eggs by adding a little color! These colored deviled eggs are so cute and easy to make. Plus they're delicious too! They're perfect for taking to potluck dinners and they make a great addition to your own family's dinner.
Making these deviled eggs is a good way to have fun with the kids too. Just preboil the eggs and let them have fun peeling and dying them. Since the egg dye uses water with just a few drops of food coloring, you don't have to worry about them accidentally dying their clothes or the floor. It's just plain pure fun!
All the pictures on this page were taken by me.
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Boil Your Eggs
First I let my eggs sit out on the counter for about an hour. This raises their temperature and lowers the chance of them cracking when I put them in the hot water. Then I fill my pot about 2/3 full with water and 1/4 cup of vinegar (the vinegar makes them easy to peel and doesn't affect the taste). Just as the water gets to a soft boil (when the little bubble start rising), I add the eggs. Then I set the timer for 20 minutes and head to the next step.
Use A Spaghetti Server To Transfer Your Eggs
If you just drop your eggs in the water, they'll probably crack open. So I always use tongs or a spaghetti server to gently lay the eggs in the hot water. I suppose a slotted spoon could work too. Just make sure whatever you use is long enough to keep the steam away from your hands and that it has holes so you don't accidentally scoop up a spoonful of boiling water.
This spaghetti server is 13 inches long and has a non slip grip handle.
Mix Your Egg Coloring
While the eggs are boiling, you can get your "color station" set up. You can't color these egg whites like you would regular Easter eggs because the vinegar would affect the taste. Instead, fill a glass with 1 cup of water and add four drops of food coloring. I used red, blue, yellow and green. And I made purple by adding 2 drops of red and 3 drops of blue. As you can see, I used coffee stir sticks to mix them up (because they're cheap and easy).
Peel The Eggs
When the eggs are done boiling, cool them down with cold water and when they're ready, peel them. After they're all peeled, cut them in half lengthwise and separate the whites from the yolks (but keep the yolks for the filling!).
Dye Your Egg Halves
Go ahead and drop 1 or 2 egg white halves in each glass. I leave mine in for 6 minutes to get nice pastel colors but if you leave them in longer, you can get darker colors. Because the food coloring is so diluted, I just use my fingers to remove them from the coloring. As long as I don't leave my fingers in it, they don't get dyed.
To add a slight swirl effect, fill a glass with 1 cup of water and add 3 drops of food coloring. Then without stirring the food coloring in the water, drop 1 egg white half in the water. Once it's sank to the bottom, add one more drop. I have to say, I've gotten mixed results with this. Sometimes it makes beautiful swirls but sometimes the egg just comes out with all over color.
To get a crackle effect, roll your boiled egg on the counter top just hard enough to crack the shell, but don't peel it off. Then place them in the colored water for at least 6 minutes. When you peel the egg, it should have a light base color with darker "cracked" lines running all over.
Arrange Your Colored Eggs
As you take each egg out of the dye, use a paper towel or a handkerchief to gently dry them off. Arrange them the way you want on either a serving platter or an egg plate. Pay attention to the colors. I try to keep like away from like to make them visually interesting.
Serve With Style
I usually serve my deviled eggs on a deviled egg platter because it gives them such a nice presentation. But wouldn't you know it! When we moved 2 months ago, my egg tray got lost somewhere. I don't mind really, because I plan on replacing my old tray with the one below.
This 11 inch deviled egg tray holds 18 egg halves. That leaves 6 for you to snack on (yummy!). I also like that it has a snap on lid for traveling.
While you're waiting for the eggs to color, you can start making the filling. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can mix a bit of gel coloring into the mayonnaise before adding it to the yolks. But personally, I think that would be a little over the top.
- 12 Egg Yolks From Boiled Eggs
- 6 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
- 1. Using a fork, mash the yolks until they're finely crumbled.
- 2. Add mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper.
- 3. Stir until mixed.
- 4. I recommend doing a taste test and adding more mustard or mayo if needed (because everyone likes it a little different)
Make It Pretty
When it comes to food, presentation is almost as important as taste. Sure, you could just use a spoon to fill the egg whites, but why not go the extra step to make them pretty? I spoon the filling into a Wilton icing bag and use an to quickly pipe the filling into the eggs. This keeps the eggs clean and gives the filling a pretty star shape. Open Star #32 icing tip
Look At These Pretty Easter Deviled Eggs!
I have to admit something here. After taking these pictures, these deviled eggs were gone within 5 minutes (actually, a few didn't even make it into the picture). I made them for the community Easter egg hunt but I guess I'll have to whip up another batch...... or two.
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