I think I maybe get why broken, stereotypical housewives made funny cocktail foods and drank martinis and did Valium back in the 50s. You'd probably see Jesus in the yolks or something. These were hilarious and finicky and time-consuming little things to make but I'd definitely do it again. They were quite delicious with a beer (kind of salty, would cut down next time) and I was rewarded by seeing some guy at this party eat one and mumble to himself about forgetting how much he loved deviled eggs. I guess I'm holding true happily to what the checkout guy at the co-op said to me yesterday: "Every holiday's a food holiday now, ya know?"
"Deviled Eggs Also Known As Oblong Heaven" (taken from Epicurious, taken from Brini Maxwell's Guide to Gracious Living.
Note: Points ON for the title of course, points off for amount of salt - only do 1/4 tsp, if at all. Also, I think it would be nice if the filling ended up a little more creamy (it was kind of like clay that you had to smoosh smooth) but hey, nothing a tablespoon or so of cream or water couldn't accomplish next time, or just boiling the eggs themselves a little less.
- 12 hard-boiled eggs, cooled completely
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- Chopped fresh chives, for garnish