There’s just something about a platter of perfect deviled eggs that feels festive. Like Jell-O molds and filled cupcakes, they’re retro and just a little bit over-the-top. They’re a labor of love to make, requiring cooks to perfectly peel a batch of boiled eggs, excavate the yolks without making a mess, and then elegantly pipe them back in. Phew! The fact that cooks continue to make deviled eggs is a testament to their tastiness.
The Super-Simple Secret
Here’s where our hack comes in. Anyone who’s made a batch of deviled eggs knows it’s a challenge to make every single egg look pretty. Thanks to the inherently imperfect nature of eggs, a batch of boiled eggs may include a few off-center yolks. (Here’s how to make a perfect hard boiled egg.) In addition to looking wonky and asymmetrical, off-center yolks can result in an overly thin perimeter of egg white that doesn’t hold the yolk filling.
Beloved food writer Nigella Lawson has found a solution: The night before you plan to cook the eggs, lay them on their sides. Eggs are typically stored upright in cartons, which encourages the yolk to sink toward the bottom of the egg. Storing the eggs on their sides encourages the yolks to remain centered. (Buy Nigella’s latest cookbook here.)
You may be able to turn the eggs sideways right in the carton. If not, place them sideways on a plate or rimmed baking dish. To ensure that you can lift them in and out of the fridge without any cracking, place a tea towel under the eggs to minimize rolling.
That’s it! The next day, you can proceed to make your favorite deviled egg recipe (here are a dozen we love).
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