11 Celebrity Chefs Reveal Their Secret Ingredient for Deviled Eggs
They may call them “deviled” eggs, but these recipes from celebrity chefs are nothing short of divine.
Ree Drummond: Pickles
While Ree Drummond likes to stick to the classics, she has a very special ingredient when you need something to set your deviled eggs apart: pickle juice! She adds chopped pickles and relish, along with a splash of pickle juice, to her yolk mixture. Don’t have a pipe for the filling? Ree actually prefers using two spoons for a more rustic look. Learn Ree Drummond’s favorite slow cooker dishes.
Anne Burrell: Truffle
While deviled eggs could never really go out of style, Anne Burrell brought deviled eggs back to the culinary scene in 2008 when she introduced a truffle deviled egg on the menu of her Manhattan restaurant Centro Vinoteca. Her recipe calls for truffle oil in the yolk mix, topped with finely chopped black truffle peelings.
Rachael Ray: Caesar dressing
In keeping with Rachael Ray’s Sicilian ancestry, her deviled egg recipe gives the classic a Caesar twist, using anchovy paste and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. As if you needed another reason to eat a dozen. Learn how to make Caesar dressing from scratch.
Joanna Gaines: Sugar-glazed bacon
Is there anything the Fixer Upper star isn’t good at? Gaines’s recipe gives the classic bacon deviled egg a run for its money, calling for coating the bacon in brown sugar and cooking it until crispy. The sweet and savory pieces are chopped and sprinkled on top for an egg that’s just like your favorite breakfast in a single bite. Here’s another secret ingredient to try for the best-ever deviled eggs.
Ming Tsai: Tea
If you really want to wow guests, break out the “Simply Ming” star’s recipe for deviled eggs. His recipe calls for a loose tea leaf called lapsang souchong, which is a smoky Chinese black tea. After boiling the eggs with the tea leaves, the whites of the egg take on a rich, smoky, herbal flavor that’s truly spectacular. The yolks are then mixed with mayonnaise, chipotle, green onion, and jicama. Do you know the most popular cooking show from the year you were born?
Ina Garten: Salmon roe
Of course, Ina Garten has taken the deviled egg and elevated it to simple, elegant perfection. Her recipe mixes in cream cheese for a rich, creamy filling, as well as smoked salmon. The deviled eggs are then topped with salmon roe, a delicious type of caviar. Even if you have the best intentions of sharing, we won’t tell if you decide to keep these deviled eggs all to yourself! Find out the trick to making perfect deviled eggs like Ina every single time.
Aida Mollenkamp: Avocado and proscuitto
Even “Sam-I-Am”‘s picky friend would fully devour this green-eggs-and-ham recipe from Aida Mollenkamp, which uses mashed avocado to give the egg yolk mixture a creamy, delicious flavor and subtle verdant color. She then tops the deviled eggs with prosciutto. Delicious!
Sunny Anderson: Fried onion
The Food Network host is all about texture in her deviled eggs, which is why she tops them with fried onions for a crisp, delicious bite. To really spice things up, follow her lead by adding jalapeños to the yolk mix. Prefer your eggs scrambled? This secret ingredient will create extra-fluffy scrambled eggs.
Robert Irvine: Green apple
Robert Irvine offers a delightful alternative to plain deviled eggs, with a version that’s perfect for springtime. Using shallots and plenty of butter, he adds parsley and Dijon mustard to the yolk mix. But his secret ingredient is green apple, which adds a refreshingly sweet twist to the classic. Each deviled egg is topped off with lemon thyme or mint.