How to Mash Egg Yolks for Deviled Eggs

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An overabundance of eggs in the fridge provides the perfect opportunity to whip up a plate of deviled eggs. Although the name implies otherwise, deviled eggs are nothing but heavenly when served up at a summer picnic or weekend potluck. Prepare the cooked yolks with flavorful additions to give the eggs their zing. Masterful mashing results in a creamy yolk that blends seamlessly with whatever creative ingredients you choose to use. Select a mashing method that results in the texture you prefer.

Things You'll Need

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Condiments
  • Garlic press or potato ricer
  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Wide-tip pastry bag, optional

Make It Quick

  • Scoop out the yolks from hard-boiled eggs with a spoon and place them in a small bowl.

  • Mash the yolks with the back of a fork for quick deviled eggs. Press down firmly so the yolk is forced through the tines. Mash them until they're smooth.

  • Add condiments to the yolks. Choose traditional options, such as mayonnaise and mustard, or substitute avocado, hot sauces or relish. Mix the condiments into the yolk with a spoon, or continue to mash the yolk with a fork until the condiments are thoroughly incorporated and the mixture is smooth and creamy.

A Bit of Texture

  • Put whole cooked yolks into the hopper of a garlic press or potato ricer for a more crumbly texture. Mash one yolk at a time in a garlic press, or several in a ricer.

  • Hold the press over a bowl and push the handle on the press so the yolks are forced through the holes. The yolks come out the size of rice grains.

  • Mix the condiments and additions into the riced yolks. Stir gently to combine, so you don't ruin the texture of the yolks.

Smooth Operator

  • Place cooked yolks, condiments and seasonings in the bowl of a food processor for creamy deviled eggs.

  • Process the mixture for about a minute, or until it is perfectly smooth and creamy. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl so all the ingredients are fully incorporated into the mashed yolks.

  • Stir in any ingredients you prefer chunky after processing, such as relish or crab meat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bacon bits, chives, finely diced vegetables or crab meat further enhance the flavor of the eggs.
  • Fill each egg half with a spoonful of the yolk mixture, distributing it equally between halves. Or fill a pastry bag with a wide tip with the yolk mixture and squeeze it into the egg halves.
  • Keep deviled eggs refrigerated at a safe temperature between 33 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit before serving to minimize the chances of foodborne illness.

References

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