(German deviled, stuffed eggs appetizer)
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Stuffed eggs are easy to throw together, and they make great finger food at family get-togethers, parties and celebrations. You can make them up ahead, giving you plenty of time to tend to other duties. They also make a simple yet elegant supper or brunch when paired with a side salad. Gefüllte Eier are also a tasty way to use up leftover Easter eggs.
4 to 6 servings as an appetizer
- Hard-boiled eggs -- 6
- Mayonnaise -- 2 tablespoons
- Dijon mustard -- 2 teaspoons
- Salt and pepper to season
- Paprika -- to garnish
- Halve the eggs and carefully remove the yolk. Set the whites aside, and add the yolks to a bowl, along with the mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Mash these ingredients together with a fork until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Scoop a little mound of the seasoned yolks into the eggs with a spoon. Or add the yolks to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and fill the halved whites with a spritz of seasoned yolk.
- Serve the eggs well chilled. A good way to keep them from sliding all over a serving platters is to set them in a bed of salad greens or fresh herbs like parsley or chives.
Gefüllte Eier Variations
- Filling Variations: Instead of mayonnaise, try using sour cream, remoulade, tartar sauce or even plain yogurt. To flavor the filling further, use different type of mustard, or add chopped shallots or scallions, some curry powder or a drop or two of hot pepper sauce. You can also mixed in some drained canned tuna or crab.
- Garnish Variations: Top each egg with a caper, herb sprig, caviar, smoked salmon, anchovy roll, cube of ham, or sliced olive round. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, dill or chives instead of the paprika.