Monday, April 09, 2012

What To Do With Leftover Hard-Boiled Eggs: Basic Deviled Eggs

My husband made one request for Easter: deviled eggs. He loves eggs. He's been known to eat ten deviled eggs in one sitting. I don't make these very often because I don't like them. 

And I think they stink. 

And my husband doesn't have much self-control around them.

But when he makes an easy request like that, I had to make them. 

I know a lot of people have hard-boiled eggs around after Easter, so this recipe should be pretty timely. This  version is basic. Josh likes most things plain, so he didn't want me to add anything fancy like chipotle peppers or bacon If those things sound good though, you should add them to the yolk mixture if that floats your boat.

The ingredients you need:

  • 1 dozen eggs (preferably a few days old, really fresh ones will be more difficult to peel)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika (optional)

deviled eggs ingredients

1. First we need to hard boil the eggs. If you have a preferred method of hard boiling eggs, skip this step. Otherwise, put the eggs into a large pot and fill it with cold water so that the eggs are covered by at least an inch of water.

eggs in water

Set the burner on medium-high heat until the water reaches a gentle boil. Then, slide the pot off the heat and cover for 12 minutes.

After 12 minutes, place eggs immediately in ice water to stop the cooking process.

eggs in ice water

2. Peel the eggs under running water.

3. Slice each egg in half and scoop out the yolks into a medium-size bowl.

hard boiled eggs

4. Add the vinegar, mustard, and mayo to the yolks. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Mix, mix, mix!

deviled egg filling

6. Now you have two choices: spoon the yolk mixture back into the egg whites or pipe it in. I chose to pipe it in because I think it's easier to control and looks prettier. If you don't want to bother, then just plop it in with a spoon.

deviled eggs

You can call them done now.

deviled eggs

Or you can sprinkle on a little paprika like I did here. Or dill. Or whatever herb or spice you like.

deviled eggs with paprika


Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Best Easter Dessert: Resurrection Rolls

Growing up in my family, we always had the same dessert every Easter that I can remember.

Resurrection rolls.

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If you've never heard of them, then you're in for a real treat. They're warm, gooey, sugary deliciousness. Plus, they also remind us of what the day is really all about.

It's a simple recipe.

You'll need:
crescent roll dough
1/4 c. melted butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon mixed with 4 tablespoons sugar

My parents talked about the resurrection story while we made these as a family.

First, you press out the crescent roll dough a bit. This represents the burial clothes in which Jesus was wrapped.

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Next, you take the marshmallow, which represents the body of Christ, and dip it in the melted butter which represents the burial oil.

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Then roll it in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. This would represent the burial spices.

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Then you wrap the marshmallow with the crescent roll dough (burial clothes).

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Fold in the three corners, then pinch them tight.

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You want to make sure that it sealed pretty well, so that it won't later make a big mess. Place them on a baking sheet lines with greased wax paper.

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Then Christ's body was laid in a tomb, which in this case . . .

is the oven.

Then after three days . . .

(or rather, 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until the dough is a light golden brown)

. . . Jesus rose from the grave!

When people came to the tomb it was found empty.

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The rolls will maintain their shape pretty well and when you break them open, it will seem as if the marshmallow disappeared.

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Pretty neat, huh?

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Oh, and delicious!

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Happy Easter.