So, how about for starters, the ever popular "Deviled Eggs"! If you haven't had any of these traditional snacks at your recent Easter celebrations, now would be a great time to whip some up- since many of you probably still have a bunch of beautifully dyed eggs taking up space in your refrigerators right now!
Before we get to our origin of "Deviled Eggs", I thought a song was in order, so I've chosen Elvis Presley's 1963 single,"Devil in Disguise". Seems pretty appropriate to me!
Throughout the centuries, there have been historic accounts of "stuffed" eggs in many countries, and using varying ingredients. It wasn't until about 1786 Great Britain, that the official culinary term of "devil" was printed in reference to meat dishes that were "highly seasoned", fried, broiled, and/or "hot or spicy". When the dish became referred to as "Deviled Eggs", there were still many people, (namely Puritans, and other Christians), that didn't like the term "devil" because of it's obvious ties to "Satan", and would still refer to them as: "salad", "mimosa", "dressed", or "stuffed eggs".
Although mayonnaise wasn't used in this food item until the turn of the century, (late 1800's), it didn't become a main ingredient for the recipe we know today, until the 1940's! The classic version most of us Americans have become accustomed to include these 3 main ingredients: mayonnaise, mustard, and paprika. Over the years, there have been MANY versions and variations on fillings for these hard boiled eggs- including this crazy "Christmas themed" deviled egg recipe from the 1960's, in which peas were mixed with the yolk for "green", and ketchup or tomato paste for the "red"! (Festive, but I can't say it appealed to me!)
Hope you enjoyed the song, and feel a bit inspired to crack some hard boiled eggs now!