This year for Christmas my family took a divide and conquer approach to planning the menu. We have a relatively small kitchen and often for Christmas dinner we’ll have 3-4 people bumping into each other all at once trying to get their dishes ready, so I wanted something I could prepare ahead of time. I decided to do a take on a simple appetizer after being inspired by an episode of Eat St. where they featured a spicy deviled egg. This is a recipe that I adapted from what I could remember from the show and a few of my own added touches.
Ingredients: Makes 24 servings
- 14 fresh eggs
- Horse radish
- Spicy mustard
- Cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper
- Hard boil fresh eggs by placing in cold water and bringing to a rolling boil. Once water is bubbling, continue to heat for another 10 minutes to ensure hard boiled.
- Cool eggs in a water bath for a few minutes until easy to handle.
- Carefully peel eggs and slice in half with a sharp knife.
- Separate yolks into a large bowl and place whites on a large serving tray
- Remove the four least appealing egg whites and set aside (or have a snack). This gives a surplus of yolks for stuffing the remaining egg white cups.
- Squish the yolk though a strainer into a fine powder. If you have a food processor you could use that instead.
- Add a tablespoon of horse radish, two tablespoons of mustard and enough mayonnaise to make the mixture smooth texture.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and a couple pinches of cayenne pepper depending on how hot you like it.
- Finely chop a small bundle of chives and add to yolk mixture.
- Place entire mixture into a piping bag if you have it or a ziplock bag with a hole cut into the corner if you don’t.
- Squeeze mixture into each egg white cup until it fills the cup and bursts out the top
- Finish with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for colour
There you have it, it’s actually pretty simple to make and easy to do far ahead of time. You can toss this in the fridge and have it ready when guests arrive for a quick appetizer to whet their whistles.
Feel free to play with other flavors for the filling to really make an interesting creation. Leave a comment below if you do give this a shot!