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Bacon and Smoked Paprika Deviled Eggs

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  • by John Ash from Fine Cooking
    Issue 117

This bacon-and-egg combination is a sophisticated take on a classic appetizer. The bacon adds flavor as well as texture to the filling, and you can dial the hot sauce up or down for just the right amount of heat. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd. 

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste
  • 2 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika, for garnish

Prepare an ice water bath. Arrange the eggs in a single layer in a steamer basket set over boiling water. Cover the steamer with a tight-fitting lid and steam for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit, covered, for 5 minutes more.

Plunge the eggs into the ice bath. Working with one egg at a time, crack the shell by rolling it on a flat surface. Under a stream of cold running water, peel the shell.

Let the eggs come to room temperature.

Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks, transfer them to a small bowl, and mash them with the back of a spoon.

Add the mayonnaise, parsley, and hot pepper sauce and continue to mash until smooth. Stir in the bacon and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pipe or spoon equal amounts of the mixture into the hollows of the egg whites. When ready to serve, sprinkle with a little smoked paprika.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare and refrigerate the deviled eggs up to a couple of hours ahead.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 90; Fat (g): 8; Fat Calories (kcal): 70; Saturated Fat (g): 1.5; Protein (g): 4; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Carbohydrates (g): 1; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Sodium (mg): 250; Cholesterol (mg): 95;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Maybe I expected too much from this recipe & was somewhat disappointed in the results. It was a "very good" deviled egg but not as good as anticipated. The yolk flavor was sadly minimized & "lost", not enhanced, which isn't a desired effect in my opinion.

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