National Deviled Egg Day is celebrated on November 2 every year. The main purpose is to pay tribute to an American tradition. Deviled Eggs are popular at parties, picnics, family reunions and potluck dinners. However, they can be prepared and eaten at any time. Families don't have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy them. They are hors-d’oeuvres that can be eaten as a side dish or as a snack. One reason they are so popular at large events is that a dozen are cut in half to make 24, and some people eat more than one. Therefore, they are ideal for those occasions when a lot of people must be served.

The term 'deviled'

The term "deviled" dates back to the 1700s. The term has nothing to do with the devil dressed in a red suit and carrying a pitchfork. Rather, it is a culinary term that simply means foods are seasoned with spicy condiments. Two well-known deviled foods are deviled eggs and deviled ham. They are named that way because of the mixtures used to make them. The spicy seasonings used for both dishes include mustard and cayenne pepper.

How to make devil eggs

Eggs are hard boiled and cut in half. The yolk is taken out and mixed with mayonnaise, mustard, and seasonings. The seasonings depend on how spicy the cook wants the eggs to be. When serving to a large group, it is advisable to hold back on the hot spicy seasonings such as cayenne pepper because everyone does not like spicy foods.

Some cooks experiment and use relish, spicy peppers, and savory herbs to give the eggs a little kick. For an even more creamy texture, they use sour cream. To make them a bit more tart, they use just a very small amount of vinegar.

The ingredients are mixed together and then put back into the hard-boiled eggs. Paprika is sprinkled on top to add flavor and to give the eggs some color that makes them look good on the plate.

Pimentos serve the same purpose.

Since the food is so popular and often carried to an event outside of the home, companies have made some fancy dishes just for deviled eggs. There is a space for each half, so they do not touch each other. The container used to carry the eggs can be placed on the table without the eggs having to be transferred to another dish.

There is almost always a good chance that the dish is taken back home empty because people love to plop a good deviled egg in their mouth at gatherings.

Almost everyone can make deviled eggs, or they can pick up a dozen or two from the deli section of most grocery stores.