Free Friday: Eggcellent Taste

Update: Congratulations to Denise Cragg for winning this giveaway!

Easter may be over, but spring picnics and barbecues have just begun. Start any outdoor meal off right with deviled eggs. This classic, crowd-pleasing snack can be as simple or fancy as you like. But first things first—you have to start with eggs that are cooked just right. We want no part of that dry, greenish stuff. This method cracks the code on perfect yellow yolks.

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

• Place eggs in a single layer in the bottom of a saucepan.

• Fill the pan with cold water.

• Bring the uncovered pan to a boil.

• Cover with a lid and remove from heat.

• Let stand, covered, for 12 minutes.

• Drain and transfer eggs to a bowl of cold water.

• To peel, crack the shells and roll on the counter.

You may already have your favorite recipe, but here’s a simple, southern version that uses ingredients you likely have in the fridge.

Classic Deviled Eggs

12 hard-boiled eggs, cooled
¼ to 1/3 cup Miracle Whip (about two large dollops)
1 good squirt mustard (about a tablespoon)
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
Salt & pepper (to taste)

  • Once hard-boiled eggs have cooled, peel off the shells, being careful not to squish them. Slice in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scrape out the yolks into a bowl.
  • To the yolks add Miracle Whip, mustard, relish, salt, and pepper. Mix well and taste for seasoning.
  • Scoop the egg salad back into the egg white cavities. Or if you want to be really fancy you can pipe it in. Simply fill a resalable plastic bag with the egg salad, cut off a corner, and squeeze.
  • Dust with paprika and refrigerate until time to serve.

Deviled eggs aren’t eggceptionally hard to make, but they can be a hassle to transport. So we’re giving away this handy-dandy deviled egg carrier along with a recipe book to help you get more creative by the dozen.

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Enter to win by leaving a comment with your name. And, just for fun, tell us your favorite picnic food!

By entering today’s giveaway, you affirm and acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resource’s official promotion rules found hereToday’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends next Tuesday (4/9/13) at 11:59 p.m. CST. You must be 18 to enter, and you may only enter once. The winner will be selected at random. For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Bud Harlan at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-140.


  1. BethA says

    My favorite picnic food is fried chicken. Come to think about it, it’s a favorite of mine at ANY kind of meal!

  2. Pat Wright says

    Thank you for the recipe on how to boil the eggs. I am emailing it in to my friend that was asking before Easter. This is one of my favorite side dishes at picnics and barbecues! Thanks again!

  3. Emily R says

    I could eat the cover of that book..yummy! My favorite picnic food is anything that I did not have to cook, make, assemble or bring to the party.

  4. Penny says

    My favorite picnic food would be several, homemade chicken nuggets, potato salad, watermelon and chocolate sheet cake. I like deviled eggs but seldom take them on a picnic because I don’t have a deviled egg carrier and they can get pretty messy when traveling.

  5. andrea t. says

    LOL… I decided to ask my 16 year old what his fav picnic food was…
    A hearty “BACON!” was his reply.
    Then he thought about it and said “Well, probably a BLT then.”
    (2 cute)

  6. Alexandra Grant says

    Alexandra Grant from Halstead KS
    favorite picnic food: marinated skirt steak sammies on french bread with arugula and vinaigrette

  7. Angie Shuttlesworth says

    I love crushed up saltine crackers in my deviled eggs…learned it from my mom who learned it from her mom!

  8. Laura says

    My fave picnic food is deviled eggs!! I make them three times a week in the Spring and Summer with the exact recipe you’ve posted here. And~believe it or not~I accidentally sold ALL THREE of my deviled egg plates when I recently moved. I still can’t believe it.

  9. says

    Most everything tastes delicious in the great out-of-doors. Baked beans with bacon, caramelized onions and molasses is one of my favorites. Your deviled egg recipe is very similar to mine. I do not add pickle relish, but instead add a little sugar to taste. An egg toter would be terrific .

    • Peggy Fisher says

      Thanks for the great tips! My favorite picnic food is baked beans, coleslaw, bbq’d anything!

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