Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Dragons-Breath Devilled Eggs

With the first garden crop - shoots of chives, garlic and shallots! Combined with blue cheese, they are not exactly subtle and won't leave you with sweet-scented breath, that's for sure. Tasty though! Just make sure everybody eats them, or prepare to be solitary for a while.

Per egg
20 minutes prep time; a bit longer if you are doing a lot of eggs.

Dragons Breath Devilled Eggs
1 extra-large egg
1 teaspoon finely minced chives, garlic or shallot greens
- (ideally a combination)
1 teaspoon crumbled blue cheese
3 to 4 green peppercorns (in brine)
pinch salt
1/8 teaspoon hot Dijon mustard (bit more, maybe)
1 rounded teaspoon mayonnaise

paprika to dust

Put however many eggs you wish to devil into a pot and cover with water. Add a tablespoon (or so) of salt, and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, then remove the pot from the heat but leave covered for 10 minutes. Rinse the eggs in cold water until they are cool, then peel them. Cut them in half, and remove the yolks to a small bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients minus the mayonnaise to the egg yolks, not forgetting to multiply by the number of eggs. I find it best to mash up everything then mix in the mayonnaise to get it to be fairly smooth, although a few chunky spots are fine. Give it a little taste and adjust the quantities to suit your taste.

Put the yolk mixture back into the egg whites, dividing it evenly amongst them. Dust with a little paprika.

Last year at this time I made Mashed Potatoes & Celeriac with Chive Oil, which also called for the first chives of the year!


Joanne said...

I have never had deviled eggs (my mom doesn't like eggs in any form and so she rarely made them for the rest of us - my dad was always the omelette chef) but the combination with the blue cheese sounds mouth-watering.

Money Funk said...

I love deviled eggs. They especially come around summer parties. Perfect timing for this recipe. I like the twist on a classic recipe.

Ferdzy said...

Joanne, you should try them! They're easy, inexpensive and you can make just one to see how you feel about them

They are perfect for summer, aren't they? One of my favourite summer menus is devilled eggs with potato salad and green salad.