Deviled eggs can be a crowd-pleaser for a party or simply an easy and delicious snack. They're a great way to use leftovers from a dinner party, and the creamy texture makes them a satisfying snack for kids or adults alike. However, like any food, deviled eggs can go bad quickly if they aren't properly stored. If your deviled eggs have a sour smell, slimy texture or signs of mold, they are no longer good for consumption and should be discarded.
To avoid this, make your deviled eggs ahead of time. Boil, peel and cool a batch of eggs and store the yolk filling in the refrigerator while you prepare your favorite garnishes for the egg whites. This will give you plenty of time to assemble them before your guests arrive and help you save valuable refrigerator space.
The key to making the best deviled eggs is a flavorful yolk filling. Use a food processor to mix your ingredients for a smooth and creamy texture. You can also add some acid to the mix, such as lemon juice for a light and bright taste or dijon mustard, which boasts a sharp and tangy punch.
Once you have a delicious egg filling, you can load them up with a variety of toppings and garnishes to suit your tastes. A sprinkle of paprika is a classic choice, but try smoked paprika for an added depth of flavor or cayenne powder for a spicy kick. Other popular choices include chopped pickles, chives, crumbled goat cheese or feta, bacon, fried onion strings, candied jalapenos and more.