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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lazy Deviled Eggs

lazy deviled eggs

Deviled Eggs are always a hit at parties and potlucks. My aunt's deviled eggs are famous in our family. But they're kind of a pain to make and transport, even if you have a fancy deviled egg tray

lazy deviled eggs

These lazy versions are much easier! You don't need a piping bag or any other special tools - although there are a couple of pieces of equipment that do make these especially easy, but you can make them without anything special. 

Instead of scooping out the yolks, you just slice up hard boiled eggs, season them and serve them on a cracker. It couldn't be simpler!  And you can transport the peeled eggs to your location and make them fresh on site quickly, instead of transporting piped egg halves that can get squashed.

Instant Pot

One of the things that makes this particular recipe so easy is using an Instant Pot to cook the eggs. If you don't have one, you can just hard boil your eggs the normal way, but the Instant Pot makes wonderful hard boiled eggs that never get that green line around the yolk. 

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

To hard boil eggs in the Instant Pot, use the rack.  Put a cup of water in the bottom of the pot and place your eggs on the rack. This recipe calls for only 3 hard boiled eggs to make 18 bites, but why not cook more eggs to double the recipe or have for lunch during the week?

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

If you want to hard boil a dozen eggs, just pile them on top of each other!  Close the lid and set to low pressure for 7 minutes for a creamy hard yolk. For a firmer yolk, try 8 minutes. For a jammy yolk, 6 minutes (not for this recipe, but if that's what you like, go for it.)

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Release the pressure manually, remove the lid, and use tongs to plunge the eggs into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. 

The nice thing about the Instant Pot is peeling the eggs. The peels come off beautifully! I do recommend peeling them just after cooling, because the peels are a little harder to get off cleanly if you refrigerate the eggs in their shells. 


Mix some mayonnaise and Dijon mustard together.

Lazy Deviled Eggs

Spread a little on 18 plain rice crackers.

Lazy Deviled Eggs

Peel the eggs and slice them into even rounds.  An egg slicer is really great to have for this step, and super cheap.  If you don't have one, carefully cut them with a knife as evenly as possible. 

Lazy Deviled Eggs

Place an egg round on each rice cracker. Sprinkle with smoked paprika, kosher or sea salt, and a sprig of dill. 

I took these to a work potluck and it was so simple to mix up the dijon mayonnaise and cook the eggs the night before, then slice the eggs and assemble the bites right there in our work kitchen. People loved that it was just a taste of deviled egg, rather than half an egg.  And you really get a lot of bang for your buck, making 18 servings out of 3 eggs!

Here's the recipe:

3 hard-boiled eggs
1 tablespoon mayonaisse
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
18 plain rice crackers
smoked paprika
sea salt or kosher salt
fresh dill

Mix the mayonaisse and mustard together and spread on rice crackers
Slice the eggs. Place one egg slice on each cracker
Sprinkle with paprika and salt and a small sprig of dill


Lazy Deviled Eggs