Smoky Deviled Eggs
Smoky Bacon Deviled Eggs: This classic deviled egg recipe is jazzed up with crispy bacon, bacon grease, and smoked paprika!
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I used to be a kitchen minimalist. Ok. Actually, I still am in theory, but one can only be a food blogger for so long before strange contraptions and specific dishes start appearing in your cupboard.
What I’m trying to say is that I’m not entirely sure why I own a 70’s style deviled egg plate, but I do! I think Betsy maybe stole it from her Mom, but the point is that I can’t see something like that and not want to put it to use!
So deviled eggs is the subject and a mighty good one given the upcoming holiday this weekend. You just might need a handy appetizer to take to a party or something and this one will not disappoint. It’s really just a standard deviled egg recipe with bacon coming out its deviled ears, but trust me. They’ll be gone before you can say, “Happy New Year!”
Smoky Deviled Eggs
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A traditional deviled egg with smoky bacon added to it. The bacon adds some great texture and flavor to the egg appetizer.
1) To boil eggs, add eggs to a pot with cold water. The water should cover the eggs by about an inch.
2) Set on high heat and cover until the water boils. Once it’s boiling, turn off the heat, keep the lid on, and let sit for 13 minutes (more if you’re using really big eggs. I used large eggs.)
3) Remove eggs and run under cold water. Crack eggs all around and carefully remove shells.
4) Slice eggs in half and scoop yolk into a bowl. Be careful to keep white halves intact.
5) Cook bacon on a wire rack over a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees until very crispy, about 15 minutes.
6) Let cool slightly then pour bacon grease into measuring dish.
7) Add bacon grease, mayo, dried mustard, vinegar, and salt and pepper to yolks and mash well to combine. Mix until smooth. To get rid of all lumps, mix with a hand mixer.
8) Scoop filling into a plastic storage bag. Cut off a corner and carefully fill egg white halves.
9) Dust with paprika and dot each egg with a few pieces of crumbled bacon.
Boiling the Eggs
There’s always a lot of talk about making the perfect hard boiled egg. At the end of the day, I’m pretty sure that it’s impossible to guarantee a perfectly boiled egg 100% of the time because there’s a lot of variables that go into the perfect hard boiled egg like the size of the egg, the age of the egg, etc.
That said, here’s how I do it which gives me pretty consistent results.
Start with older eggs. If the eggs are a week old then they’ll peel easier.
Make sure your eggs are roughly the same size. If you’re totally OCD you could weigh them, but I usually just eyeball it.
These were my six beauties I picked out for this batch of deviled eggs.
I start by adding my eggs to a pot with cold water that covers the eggs by about an inch or two. Then cover this and put it over high heat until it starts to boil. Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat but keep the pot covered, and let it sit for 13 minutes!
Now. Thirteen minutes may seem a bit specific to you, but that has always given me good results. If you’re using extra large eggs, go with 15 minutes.
I hope this method works for you, but again, I can’t guarantee a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg 100% of the time.
Prepping the Eggs
Once your eggs have sat in their hot water bath for some amount of time, take them out and run them under cold water. Carefully crack the shell of one egg and peel off the outer shell.
I find it easiest to start with the larger end of the egg and crack it. Then peel that end and the rest of the shell should slip off.
And hopefully. HOPEFULLY. When you slice into the egg, the yolks are just cooked and there’s no weird gray ring between the yolks and the whites.
This batch turned out great for me.
Once you get all your eggs peeled, carefully scoop out all the yolks and add them to a bowl. Try not to break up the white cups. Set the whites aside for later.
The thing that kicks this recipe up a notch involves bacon. Not only did I sprinkle crunchy bacon on top of each egg, but I also mixed in some bacon grease into the yolk filling.
Evil. I know.
For extra crispy bacon, I like to cook my bacon in the oven. The grease drips down as the bacon cooks and the bacon gets really crispy.
Baking it at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes should give you some really crispy sticks.
Once it cools a bit, you can pour off the bacon grease as well.
This has tons of flavor and you can save it to cook potatoes in or something. I added a tablespoon of it to my yolk filling to give some nice bacon-y flavor to the eggs.
Making the Filling
Once you have all your yolks separated, just mash them up with a fork a bit and then add in all your filling ingredients.
This was my finished filling!
Then I spooned my filling into a plastic bag. These eggs are best if you fill them right before serving, so you can store the filling like this for a day or two without a problem and then just fill the egg whites when you’re ready.
The plastic bag makes it really easy to fill because you can just snip off the end corner with some scissors and use it like a pastry bag.
I like to add a few bacon crumbles to each egg before filling them!
Once you fill all the eggs, give them a good dusting of smoked paprika and then dot each egg with some big crumbles of crunchy bacon.
It’s funny how just one simple change can really spice up a deviled egg. Just adding some bacon goodness to these guys really make them a completely different deviled egg. I’d also recommend using some really good smoked paprika if you can find some.
I had absolutely no problem eating 4 or 5 of these right away. They were very delicious.
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13 Responses to “Smoky Deviled Eggs” Leave a comment
This recipe is a keeper! Bacon is the perfect addition! Thanks. I make these a lot for church suppers. When I do my eggs, I put the boiled eggs in cold water, with ice cubes. I think the rapid cooling really helps the color of the eggs.
Holy crap, bacon fat in the filling. That's genius! I don't think there's anything evil about bacon fat personally. But then I tend to ignore most of the stuff my doctor tells me…
YUM! Adding bacon is genius! And thanks for the oven tip – I can't wait to try cooking bacon in there!
Can I leave out or substitute something for the mayo? Adding the bacon is going to send the saturated fat sky high… Maybe yogurt?
I think that would work okay, but never tried it. Greek yogurt would be a bit thicker and maybe work better.
Yes – one of my wedding presents form 1972!
Bacon and eggs all in one compact package, I like it.
Nick, I love the Bacon n´egger Devilled Eggs. Spot on. I like to put a little green in the mix as well, like finely chopped chives – just for interest.
I find the best smoked paprika is La Chinata… but that is my bias.
As for saturated fat? I say if you really wanted to take this one out of the ball park, make a mayo with your bacon fat in place of the mayo, and then we´d be talking. LOL
Happy New Year Nick!
Speaking of OCD, if you want the yolk centered in the egg for better presentation (or so the side doesn't rip when you handle the empty egg halves), turn the carton of eggs on its side in the fridge.
The smoked paprika does it in this recipe.
Well, boys, the bacon grease is hard on the arteries!! ….called cholesterol….you ever hear of that?
Anyway, enough of that.
I did want to tell you the only way to get rid of the green ring around the yolk is not to allow the eggs to boil…just simmer them and you'll not get any green.
Well obviously these would be good, BACON makes EVERYTHING taste better!
Awesome! Only substitute was Old Bay for Paprika.
Ha, I love those old deviled egg plates! My mom has one that I’m looking forward to taking off her hands one day.
I love smoked paprika on deviled eggs, but it had never occurred to me to add bacon to them–that can only be a good thing lol. I’ll try this recipe in the next few weeks!