Monday, April 1, 2013

Fancy Deviled Eggs | Easter Egg Leftovers | Click + Eat

who doesn't love a good deviled egg?!  i mean, i get it, they a little wonderful cup full of yummy egg goodness; who wouldn't love that?!  to top it off, they are ALWAYS a party favorite.  i don't know about you, but i always get a little giddy when i see them on the buffet... 

during one of my latest nora fleming styled photography sessions i needed to create beautiful AND FANCY hard boiled eggs for nf's new egg tray.  i didn't want to go with the everyday deviled egg; this tray is special after all and i wanted the eggs to showcase that.  below are the five variations i created and boy were they goooood...

above: nora fleming egg tray, pink flower mini | photo copyright jennifer jackson photography 2013


from top left: goat cheese + asparagus, smoked salmon + dill, caper + chive, cheddar + bacon, and (middle row on the ends) green chili + corn salsa.


goat cheese + asparagus:
6 eggs
3 T mayo (i use light)
1 t dijion mustard
1 T fresh goat cheese
1 t fresh lemon juice
1 t finely chopped chives
kosher salt to taste
blanched asparagus tips

smoked salmon + dill:
6 eggs
3 oz smoked salmon
3 T mayo (light)
1 T sour cream (light)
1 t fresh dill, chopped
kosher salt to taste
black pepper to taste
fresh dill sprigs for garnish

caper + chive:
6 eggs
1 T mayo (light)
1 T dijion mustard
1/2 t salt
1/2 t ground black pepper

2 T fresh chives, minced
1-1/2 T capers, rinsed and
2 t grated lemon zest
fresh chives for garnish

cheddar + bacon:
6 eggs
1/4 cup mayo (light)
2 t honey mustard
kosher salt to taste
black pepper to taste
2 strips crispy bacon, crumbled
1 T fresh shredded good cheddar

green chili + corn salsa:
6 eggs
3 T mayo (light)
1 t dijion mustard
2 t chopped green chilies 
1 t fresh squeezed lime juice
1 t fresh chopped cilantro
kosher salt to taste
black pepper to taste
corn salsa to garnish

tip 1:
use a piping bag and star tip to fill the eggs.  this creates a nicer presentation.

tip 2: 
instead of cutting eggs lengthwise, create egg cups.
remove the top third of the egg and carefully pop out yoke.  slice a tiny bit of the egg at the base to create a flat surface--egg should stand on its own.

in the spirit of easter [past] i also wanted to share my beautiful marbled easter eggs (see above and below).  they were super easy to make and looked beautiful in my world market ceramic egg crate. i also like to make them year round whenever i feel like jazzing up my hard boiled eggs.  

simply place a few hard boiled eggs into a wire colander and drizzle them with a bit of cooking oil.  next drip a couple drops of food coloring (whatever color you like) onto the eggs and roll them around a bit.  add a couple more drops of another color and roll them around again.  keep doing this until you get the desired effect [read: do it til you like it].  you can also dye the entire egg one color first and then add the oil and start the marbling process.  

the colors will begin to mix and create neutral tones (grays and browns).  below is my favorite egg ever! look at it! ain't it pretty?!

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