Have you ever eaten devilish eggs

Why are they called Devil's Eggs?

There's nothing particularly diabolical about stuffed eggs — so what's the deal with the name?

Corey Williams
Updated December 13, 2019

Have you ever wondered how devilish eggs got their name? You're not alone. I mean, “deviled” is a pretty tough way of describing a perfectly adorable starter. This is how the classic dish got its satanic nickname:

What are devil eggs?

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Antonis Achilleus; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food styling: Chelsea room

the stuffed eggs are hard-boiled eggs, peeled, cut in half, then filled with a paste of egg yolk and other ingredients.,

Basic filled egg filling is made with egg yolks, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, salt, and pepper. The eggs are often flavored with spices such as paprika or cayenne pepper.

Usually devilish eggs are served as starters. They often appear at Christmas parties, picnics, or other social functions.

While the stuffed eggs are popular in the US and Europe, they are particularly associated with the American South and Midwest.,

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Deviled Egg History

Believe it or not, the Southern Sunday School staple originally came from ancient Rome. Although they weren't prepared as they are now, boiled and seasoned eggs were a popular appetizer among the elite members of Roman society. The dish was so popular that it inspired the phrase "ab ova usque ad mala" which literally means "from eggs to apples or from the beginning of a meal to the end".,

"By the 15th century, stuffed eggs had spread across much of Europe," said History.com. Medieval cookbooks contain recipes for boiled eggs, often filled with raisins, cheese and herbs like marjoram, parsley and mint and then fried in oil and topped with either a sauce of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and raisins with verjuice (a tart juice made from unripe Fruits) or powder with sugar and served hot. "

Stuffed eggs appeared in the middle of the 19th,

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Where does the name come from?

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In this case the adjective "stuffed" has a (somewhat) worldly meaning; the word "devil" is just a culinary term that is used to describe a highly flavored dish.,

Devil means "to combine a meal with different hot or spicy spices such as red pepper, mustard or Tabasco sauce and to create such a" devilish "dish", so the gourmet's companion, the definitive guide for all things eating and cooking.

The term probably comes from the connection between sharpness and the presumably hot temperatures in hell.

Since the word "devil" has negative connotations, some groups of people prefer to call the dish "stuffed eggs," "salad eggs," or "dressed eggs."

Filled egg recipes

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Photo: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food styling: Torie Cox.

No matter what you call it, the hard-boiled eggshell is pretty dang tasty. Try your hand at one of our favorite takes on old recipe:

  • Basic stuffed eggs
  • Miso Stuffed Eggs
  • Bacon Stuffed Eggs
  • Green Goddess Stuffed Eggs
  • Hot Chicken Stuffed Eggs

Would like more? Check out our best devilish egg recipes ever.

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