Deviled eggs are not an Armenian recipe, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like them. My Aunt Arpie, a terrific Armenian cook, often surprised us at family gatherings by bringing an American recipe to add to our otherwise Armenian menu. Sometimes she’d make macaroni salad bursting with tuna fish, or, on occasion, deviled eggs. Both were tasty novelties!
With Memorial Day behind us and the 4th of July on the horizon, I’ll share the deviled egg recipe I recently served guests.
6 large eggs, hard-cooked in the shell
Place the eggs in a medium saucepan with water to cover and bring to a boil. Remove saucepan from the heat, cover the pan, and let stand for 20 minutes. Pour off the hot water. Have a bowl of cold water ready. Gently crack the eggshells all over and let them sit in the bowl of cold water for 5 minutes. Peel the eggs**, cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
**Peeling hard-cooked eggs:
Gently roll eggs between your hands to loosen the shell, then peel. If the shell is too hard to peel, hold the egg under cold water while peeling.
Deviled Egg Filling ingredients and directions for 6 eggs:
In a bowl, mash together until smooth:
Yolks from 6 eggs
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 or 3 Tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tsp. prepared mustard
½ tsp. salt
Dash Aleppo red pepper or black pepper
NOTE: The options for the egg filling are endless. You can add chopped olives, pickle relish, parsley, flaked seafood, chopped basturma, chormees, chopped onions, etc.
Cut shelled eggs in half lengthwise; remove yolks.
Prepare filling as described above.
Spoon filling evenly among the 12 egg halves.
Sprinkle tops with paprika.