These million-dollar deviled eggs have a secret ingredient that makes them worthy of the title. Spoiler alert: it’s butter! There’s a whole tablespoon in the filling.
These tasty bites also include pickle juice, Dijon mustard, bacon crumbles, and Tabasco sauce.
They have this magical flavor combination of sweet, creamy, salty, and savory with a kick. How very sinful and heavenly!
If you’re searching for the perfect appetizer for your next party, these million-dollar deviled eggs are just the ticket.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get cracking!
Million Dollar Deviled Eggs
These million-dollar eggs are incredibly rich, creamy, and just pure egg-cellent.
The filling looks simple, but it has such wonderful, complex flavors.
It’s primarily savory, but a splash of pickle juice gives it sweetness. And yellow and Dijon mustards add some tang.
Butter makes it extra creamy and velvety, as well. There’s a bit of Tabasco in there, too, for a spicy contrast.
Sprinkled with a dash of paprika and some bacon crumbles, these deviled eggs taste like a million bucks.
Why Add Butter to Deviled Eggs?
The one tablespoon of butter in the egg yolk filling is the secret ingredient that makes all the difference.
Don’t worry, it won’t overpower the filling with its richness. You can only taste the butter ever-so-subtly.
But you’ll definitely notice and feel how much creamier and more velvety it makes the filling.
What Are the Ingredients for Deviled Eggs?
- Eggs – These are deviled eggs, after all! Refrigerated eggs are fine. There’s no need to set them on the counter before boiling.
- Mayonnaise – The ever-reliable dressing makes everything creamier. You can replace it with Greek yogurt or sour cream, too.
- Butter – It makes the egg yolk filling so much creamier and tastier!
- Mustard – A mix of yellow and Dijon gives the filling a tangy contrast.
- Sweet Gherkin Pickle Juice – It’s an excellent addition if you want your filling to have a little bit of sweetness.
- Sugar, Salt, and Pepper – Add it to taste.
- Tabasco Sauce – For a bit of a kick.
- Paprika – Sprinkle it on top of the finished eggs for a pop of color and heat.
- Bacon Crumbles – They’re an optional topping, but I think they’re essential.
How to Make Million-Dollar Deviled Eggs
These eggs might look fancy, but putting them together is quite simple!
- Peel the eggs and slice them in half, lengthwise. Carefully scoop out the yolks and transfer them into a bowl.
- Add mayonnaise, butter, yellow and Dijon mustards, pickle juice, sugar, salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Mash the mixture well with a fork.
- Spoon the filling into the hollowed parts of the egg whites. Sprinkle paprika and bacon crumbles on top.
For the full recipe and more detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How to Make Hard-Boil Eggs Easier to Peel
There’s one thing I don’t like about boiled eggs. Sometimes, they’re just so stinkin’ hard to peel!
There are many tips you’ll find online. These include not using fresh eggs or adding a dash of baking soda to the boiling water. You can also steam the eggs instead of boiling them.
But after much research and many failed attempts, I’ve finally found the most effective method.
- First of all, don’t start with cold water! I know this technique is effective for boiling potatoes. But it doesn’t work the same way with eggs. While it helps ensure even cooking, it will also make them super difficult to peel.
- Instead, cook the eggs in already-boiling water. This will release the eggs effortlessly from their shells.
- Only boil them for one minute, and not a minute longer. Then, turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in the water for 17 minutes. Letting them cook further in hot, not boiling water will promote even cooking.
- After 17 minutes, drain the eggs and fill the pan with cold water and ice. The abrupt temperature change will shock the eggs and stop the cooking process. It results in tender whites and perfectly cooked yolks but will also make peeling a breeze.
- Let the eggs soak in the ice bath for 15 minutes. Then, peel them. Just tap them gently against a solid surface, and the peels should come off easily.
How to Fill Deviled Eggs
The easiest way is to spoon the filling into a pastry bag and pipe it onto the egg whites. This way, you can easily control the amount of filling in each egg.
If you have fancy piping tips, use them! I like to use a large star tip to give my eggs a fancy presentation.
If you don’t have either a piping bag or piping tips, that’s okay. A Ziploc bag works just as well!
Just spoon the filling into the bag, cut off one of the bags, and voila! You have your very own makeshift piping bag.
If you don’t have a Ziploc bag, you can always use a spoon. Just spoon the filling into the whites, and you’re all set.
Tips for Making the Best Eggs
- Take a helpful shortcut. In a rush? Instead of a fork, place the filling ingredients in a food processor and blend. This will create the filling in a snap. An electric mixer works the same way.
- Add another burst of flavor. Mix in any or all of the following to the egg yolk filling for some flavor variation:
- Diced sweet pickles – For added sweetness and crunch. I also love the color contrast of green pickles and yellow filling.
- Bacon crumbles – Because bacon makes everything better!
- Worcestershire sauce – It amps up the filling’s umami flavor.
- Mashed avocados – Since they’re super creamy, you can use them to replace some or all of the mayo.
- Cheese – Try shredded cheddar, parmesan, feta, goat cheese, you name it.
- Seasonings – Try Everything Bagel, Italian seasoning, curry powder, anything goes.
- Add some delicious toppings. They add both flavor and color to your eggs.
- Chives and other herbs – Something fresh to contrast the richness.
- Cayenne pepper or chili flakes – For extra heat.
- Feta cheese – For an added layer of flavor.
How to Make Ahead and Store
To Make Ahead: You can assemble the eggs beforehand or store the egg whites and the filling separately.
- Cover the eggs with plastic wrap. This will prevent the filling from developing skin on top.
- Prepare the deviled eggs up to 2 days in advance. Be sure to refrigerate them before serving.
To Store: Store deviled eggs in an air-tight container and refrigerate them for up to 3 days.
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