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Anne Byrn's Deviled Eggs

Anne Byrn's Deviled Eggs

Serves: 6

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6 large eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish, plus some of the liquid from the relish, if desired
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Pinch cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Paprika, pickled jalapeño pepper slices, or chopped parsley, for garnish


Place the eggs in a large saucepan and pour in enough cold water to cover them by a couple of inches. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cover the pan and remove it from the heat. Let the eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes.

Drain the water from the pan and immediately fill it with cold water. Remove the eggs from the pan and gently tap them to crack them. Peel the eggs under cool running water, starting at the large end. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise; remove the yolks with a teaspoon, and place the yolks in a small bowl. Set aside the whites.

Add the mayonnaise, pickle relish and mustard to the yolks and mix, mashing the yolks with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more mayonnaise or some of the sweet pickle liquid if the yolk mixture is too dry.

Spoon the yolk mixture into the hollows of the egg whites and place them on a serving plate. For a fancier look, spoon the egg yolk mixture into a resealable plastic bag, snip off one corner, and pipe the mixture into the hollows of the egg whites. Sprinkle the tops of the eggs with paprika, a slice of pepper or parsley. Serve.

Photo: Danielle Atkins

About the recipe

This easy deviled egg recipe is essentially a blueprint for endless variation. For a sweet, traditional deviled egg, add pickle relish. For a less sweet, more European style, omit the relish and garnish with chopped fresh herbs. And there are plenty of other ideas: Omit the pickle relish, and garnish the top with caviar and minced chives. Or, place strips of smoked salmon and red onion on top. Try a dab of salsa and cilantro for a Mexican-inspired egg. Play up the sweet and salty, with a strip of prosciutto and a dab of pepper jelly. A personal favorite of Anne Byrn is crumbled cooked bacon, a slice of a cherry tomato, and a tiny watercress or basil leaf. But whatever you choose, remember: No two deviled eggs must be created alike.