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Deviled Eggs could very well have been at the first Thanksgiving table.  Why do I think so?  It’s recorded that the pilgrims had hens with them on the Mayflower, the question is did the hens survive?  Lets assume they did! They most likely had chives, mustard seed, and possibley pickled vegetables of some sort, so how easy would it have been to whip up deviled eggs for their thanksgiving meal.  I’m goin’ with it!

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Deviled eggs are my brother-n-law and my Cece’s favorite pre-dinner snack.  Eric actually makes a dang good deviled egg.  This recipe isn’t his, it’s mine, but we no doubt we will have Eric’s deviled eggs on Thanksgiving Day for a little pre-dinner nibble.

Do you serve appetizers or nibbles before Thanksgiving dinner?

It’s not like we won’t have enough to eat at dinner.  I think, it’s sort of a stomach stretching ritual.


You will want to start out by hard boiling 8 large eggs.  Don’t feel bad if you aren’t sure how to hard boil an egg.  It’s really easy.  Fill a pan half full with water, get the water boiling, carefully lower the eggs into the boiling water, boil for 10 minutes, remove from heat, cover, let stand for another 10 minutes.  Drain water off eggs, and cover with freezing cold tap water, let sit for 10 minutes.  There you have it!  Works everytime!


Peel eggs, and cut them the long way, directly down their purdy little middle.  Remove the yolks into a bowl.  Add 1/4 cup minced sweet and spicy pickle (like Famous Dave’s) , 1 tablespoon stoneground mustard, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/8 teaspoon celery seed, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 5 turns of a  pepper mill, a dash of garlic powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper.  Using a fork smash all of this together until there are no lumps and mixture is creamy.


Spoon the deviled egg mixture into a Zip-loc bag, and snip one corner.  This is my favorite piping bag.  So easy and no clean up afterward, just throw it away!


If you have a deviled egg dish place the egg halves into it, but if you don’t, any plate or platter will do just fine!  Pipe the halves full of egg mixture letting it mound up.


Smoked Paprika!  Such a lovely spice, don’t leave home without it.

Just a pinch of paprika will do ya!  Smoked paprika not only adds that lil sumthin, sumthin, but it makes the eggs look purdy too!

So there you have it good ol’ fashioned deviled eggs!


Deviled Eggs

The perfect bite of an appetizer made with spicy sweet pickles and smokey paprika.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 16 pieces


  • 10 whole eggs, boiled I added two extra because sometimes they peel so easily so I always make sure I have a few extra.
  • 1/4 cup sweet and spicy pickles (any variety) chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp stoneground mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp salt add more to your taste
  • 1/8 tsp celery seed
  • fresh ground pepper as much as you like
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash garlic powder ( a pinch will do)
  • smoked paprika for garnish


  • Hard boil eggs. Peel eggs, and cut them in half the long way.
  • Place yolks in a bowl. Add pickles, stoneground mustard, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, celery seed, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Smash with a fork until creamy or you can also use a hand mixer to make this very light and fluffy.
  • Spoon into a zip-loc bag, clip corner and pipe deviled egg filling into egg halves. Garnish each egg with a pinch of smoked paprika.


Note: If you don’t have smoked paprika on hand regular paprika will do, or a crack of fresh ground pepper is nice also!
Keyword appetizer, eggs, mustard, pickles
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You can not go wrong with perfectly simple Deviled Eggs!


Look who photo bombed my egg picture shoot!  Rascally Pilgrims….I wonder what they’re going to be up to this year.



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    1. I DO! My mom lives in FL for most of the year, so she bought them for my sister and I from Publix…love the little peeps!

      1. I love my Pilgrims! I have the tea towels and several hot pads as well. You can buy them on ebay…. sometimes I’m so tempted….
        BTW, Deviled Eggs are a great “cook with the kids” recipe. If you just put all the yolk ingredients into the ziploc and let the kids squish it up before you cut the corner off, it’s really no work at all!