No one knows for sure why the word ‘deviled’ was originally used, however, there is speculation that it was due to the devil also being hot.
Deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs that have been peeled, cut in half, and filled with a paste made from egg yolks and mixed with other ingredients such as mustard and mayonnaise.
The first known documented mention of ‘devil’ as a culinary term appeared in England in 1786. It was used to reference dishes prepared using spicy ingredients and/or dishes that were highly seasoned and then broiled or fried. By 1800, ‘deviling’ became a verb used to describe the process of making food spicy. In some parts of the world, the ‘deviled’ egg is referred to as a “salad egg,” “mimosa egg,” or “dressed egg,” especially when served at church activities to avoid any association with Satan.
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- In many countries outside of the U.S, eggs are not refrigerated.
- You can “peel” hard-boiled eggs by blowing the egg out of its shell.
- A hen turns her eggs around 50 times each day to keep the yolk from sticking to the sides of the egg.