Beet-pickled deviled eggs are not only visually appealing but also have a unique flavor profile that combines the richness of deviled eggs with the tangy and slightly sweet taste of pickled beets.
For the Pickled Beets:
- Medium-sized beets peeled and thinly sliced – 2
- White vinegar – 1 cup
- Water – 1 cup
- Granulated sugar – 1/4 cup
- Salt – 1 teaspoon
For the Deviled Eggs:
- Hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved – 6
- Mayonnaise – 2 tablespoons
- Dijon mustard – 1 teaspoon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh dill or chives for garnish
- Prepare the Brine: In a saucepan combine the white vinegar, water, granulated sugar, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, and stir it until the sugar and salt get dissolved.
- Add Beets: Add thinly sliced beets to the boiling brine. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the beets are tendered.
- Cool and Refrigerate: Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let the beets cool in the brine. After cooling, transfer the pickled beets along with the brine to a glass jar or container. Cover and refrigerate it for at least a few hours or overnight to allow the beets to color the eggs.
- Prepare the Filling: Carefully remove the yolks from the hard-boiled eggs and place them in a bowl. Mash the yolks with a fork until smooth.
- Add Mayo and Mustard: Add the mayonnaise and Dijon mustard to the mashed yolks. Mix well and then you can adjust the amount of mayonnaise and mustard according to your taste preferences.
- Season: Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Remember that the pickled beets will also contribute some flavor, so be mindful of the salt.
- Fill the Eggs: Using a spoon or a piping bag, fill the halved egg whites with the yolk mixture. Use a star-tipped piping bag for a decorative look and be more creative.
- Add Pickled Beets: Take a pickled beet slice and place it on top of each deviled egg, gently pressing it into the filling. This will give your deviled eggs a beautiful pink and tangy flavor.
- Garnish: Garnish each deviled egg with a small sprig of fresh dill or chopped chives for a touch of herbaceous flavor.
- Chill and Serve: Place the deviled eggs in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the eggs to chill. Serve cold as an appetizer or a colorful addition to a party platter.